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CONTENTS Issue #790
Leading the way on mitochondrial donation
Three parent babies: unethical, unnecessary, unsafe
Book Review: Good Science - The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research
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Leading the way on mitochondrial donation
16 February 2015 - by Professor Frances Flinter
Over the last 30 years I have met some remarkable families, from whom I have learned about the rewards and challenges of caring for relatives with incurable genetic conditions.... [Read More]
Three parent babies: unethical, unnecessary, unsafe
16 February 2015 - by Philippa Taylor
In a recent Progress Educational Trust debate, 'Mitochondrial Donation: Is It Safe? Is It Ethical?', I spoke about the ethical issues raised by techniques to avoid the passing on of inherited mitochondrial disorders... [Read More]
Is there a doctor in the house? New Jersey's artificial insemination law tested in custody battle
16 February 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low
A same-sex couple from New Jersey, USA, is challenging a sperm donor's visiting rights over their son conceived by artificial insemination... [Read More]
Genetic 'fat map' revealed
16 February 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
A meta-analysis has found that around a fifth of variation in BMI is due to common genetic variation... [Read More]
Big pharma investment in gene therapy continues with Sanofi deal
16 February 2015 - by Arit Udoh
Sanofi has signed a partnership deal worth potentially US $845 million with Voyager Therapeutics, a comparatively small biotech firm, making it the latest major pharmaceutical firms to commit financially to gene therapy research... [Read More]
Mutation order influences cancer outcome
16 February 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
The order in which mutations occur in a cell can determine the clinical outcome of certain cancers, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine... [Read More]
Mouse study tests obesity-fertility link
16 February 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
Obese female mice have lower fertility than healthy weight mice, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia... [Read More]
Whole-genome sequencing detects de novo mutations in embryos
16 February 2015 - by Nina Chohan
Scientists have shown for the first time that whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in IVF embryos can detect 'de novo' mutations... [Read More]
Book Review: Good Science - The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research
16 February 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The emergence of stem cell research has been one of the most transformative biological advances of the last decade. In 'Good Science', Charis Thompson outlines the ethical back and forth that was often the public face of this rapidly advancing science... [Read More]

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