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CONTENTS Issue #801
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BioNews 800 appeal - no free pen!
11 May 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
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Medical intervention should not define legal parenthood
11 May 2015 - by Dr Reuven Brandt
The type of equipment used and the involvement of licensed medical professionals seem irrelevant to the moral facts that determine which individuals ought to have recognized rights and responsibilities for the children they help create... [Read More]
Gene editing of human embryos – more ethical questions to answer
11 May 2015 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
The short article by Robin Lovell-Badge entitled 'Editing human embryos' addressing the work of Junjiu Huang and colleagues in China on gene editing in human embryos - such as the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system - raises a number of ethical questions.... [Read More]
Same-sex couple awarded care of child in surrogacy dispute
11 May 2015 - by Ana Ilic
A legal battle over the custody of a baby girl born through a disputed surrogacy arrangement has resulted in an order to remove the child from her mother and place her into the care of her father and his partner.... [Read More]
Database links genetic variants to effects on expression
11 May 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
International scientists from the Genotype-Tissue Expression project have created a new database to study how genomic variants affect gene activity in different body tissues... [Read More]
Scientists create 'living biobank' of cancer samples
11 May 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Scientists have announced the creation of miniature tumours that closely mimic real cancers.... [Read More]
New type of stem cell may help grow organs
11 May 2015 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
Scientists have identified a new type of stem cell that shows distinct advantages over those discovered to date, and which could potentially be used to grow human organs in animals such as pigs or cows... [Read More]
US couple 'trapped' in Mexico following surrogacy law change
11 May 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A US couple have been left without a birth certificate for their newborn son in Mexico after a sudden change in state law.... [Read More]
Mother begins High Court challenge for dead daughter's eggs
11 May 2015 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
A 59-year-old woman has initiated an unprecedented legal battle to take possession of her deceased daughter's eggs in order to act as a surrogate for her own grandchild... [Read More]

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