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CONTENTS Issue #970
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Men are not getting adequate care for infertility
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TV Review: Inside Out North East & Cumbria - 24.09.18 (BBC)
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Men are not getting adequate care for infertility
8 October 2018 - by Professor Sheena Lewis
There has been much media interest in male infertility care this year, but two major issues have stood out. The first is the inadequacy of care for the man, from incomplete diagnosis to non-information about his treatment choices. The second is the use of a vulnerable woman to undergo invasive fertility treatment in order to treat a third party – her male partner. This is unparalleled in other branches of medicine... [Read More]
UK plans to sequence 5 million genomes in 5 years
8 October 2018 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Plans to sequence five million genomes in the next five years were announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock last week. [Read More]
Prenatal tests provide largest genetic study of Chinese people
8 October 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
The largest genetic analysis of China's population to date has been carried out on over 140,000 pregnant women, revealing new insights into migration patterns and disease risk in Chinese people... [Read More]
Gastruloids self-assemble into 3D 'little banana' shape
8 October 2018 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
Clusters of embryonic stem cells, known as gastruloids, have been found to form structures similar to a developing embryo... [Read More]
'Molecular signature' of childhood trauma discovered in men's sperm
8 October 2018 - by Bethany Muller
Scientists have discovered alterations in sperm cell DNA of adult men who had been abused as a child... [Read More]
Japan prepares to allow genome editing in human embryos
8 October 2018 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Japan has introduced draft guidelines on genome editing that would permit the use of the approach, including CRISPR/Cas9, in human embryos for research purposes... [Read More]
Malta reforms law on embryo freezing and gamete donation
8 October 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Malta's Embryo Protection (Amendment) Act, which came into effect on 1 October, has widened access to IVF and legalised gamete donation and embryo freezing. [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out North East & Cumbria - 24.09.18 (BBC)
8 October 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
The demand for sperm donors is rapidly rising within the UK. This partly reflects the growing number of single women opting to start a family, as well as an increasing number of women in same-sex relationships who wish to conceive... [Read More]

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