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CONTENTS Issue #968
COMMENT
It's a bumper harvest – but what about consent?
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
TV Review: One Day that Changed My Life (Episode 5, Series 3) – BBC One
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It's a bumper harvest – but what about consent?
24 September 2018 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
In the wake of a recent Mail on Sunday article, one might wonder if there are grounds for moving from a small-scale subsistence-type approach to the harvest, to a more industrial approach. No, we are not talking about vegetables here, but… sperm... [Read More]
Frequent sex – not abstinence – is better for sperm quality
24 September 2018 - by Christie Whitehouse
Sperm quality and pregnancy outcomes in IVF may be improved with frequent ejaculation, a new study suggests... [Read More]
A quarter of human genes have been entirely neglected by research
24 September 2018 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Of the human genome's 20,000 or so genes, about 2000 have received almost all the attention of biomedical researchers... [Read More]
Skeletal stem cells discovered in humans
24 September 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Scientists have found sources of skeletal stem cells in humans for the first time... [Read More]
Home DNA test kits should come with a warning, says HFEA
24 September 2018 - by Rachel Siden
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is urging companies that offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing to provide more comprehensive warnings to customers. [Read More]
Prenatal tests are misused for sex-selection in the UK
24 September 2018 - by Rikita Patel
Prenatal tests offered by private UK clinics are misused for sex-selection and could lead to abortions of female fetuses, according to a BBC investigation... [Read More]
Sandy Raeburn obituary: Distinguished genetic disease researcher dies
24 September 2018 - by Henry Raikes
The clinician and world authority on inherited diseases, Professor John Alexander Raeburn – affectionately known as Sandy – has died aged 77... [Read More]
Maria Bitner-Glindzicz obituary: Pioneer geneticist killed in London cycling incident
24 September 2018 - by Martha Henriques
Clinical and molecular geneticist at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz, has died at the age of 55 after a traffic incident while cycling in central London... [Read More]
TV Review: One Day that Changed My Life (Episode 5, Series 3) – BBC One
24 September 2018 - by Henry Raikes
The very wording of the title of the BBC documentary series 'One Day That Changed My Life' gives any observer an idea of the tone of the programme they are about to watch. Drama and suspense seem to dominate as each episode weaves in and out of the stories of four individuals and their attempts to overcome various obstacles and achieve a certain goal... [Read More]

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