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CONTENTS Issue #973
In defence of IVF
Enforcing 'mother' status on a transgender man harms both parent and child
Video Review: A groundbreaking way to stop mitochondrial disease – TedMed
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In defence of IVF
29 October 2018 - by Dr Raj Mathur
It is striking how IVF has become part of the national conversation in ways that would have been unthinkable one or two decades ago... [Read More]
Enforcing 'mother' status on a transgender man harms both parent and child
29 October 2018 - by Jessica Smith
A transgender man who recently gave birth wishes to be registered as the child's parent, but not mother, on the birth certificate. The case will be heard in the High Court in 2019... [Read More]
Local areas in England are setting their own IVF access criteria
29 October 2018 - by Jen Willows
Clinical commissioning groups in England are setting their own criteria – contrary to official guidelines – to ration access to NHS fertility services, according to campaign group Fertility Fairness... [Read More]
UK's first spina bifida surgeries in the womb completed
29 October 2018 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Surgeons have successfully repaired the spines of two fetuses with spina bifida, a spinal birth defect, for the first time in the UK... [Read More]
New CRISPR tool opens up more of the genome
29 October 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Researchers have identified a new enzyme to make the genome editing approach, CRISPR, able to target more locations within the genome... [Read More]
Epigenetic signature linked to Alzheimer's discovered
29 October 2018 - by Martha Henriques
A pattern of epigenetic alteration of genes involved in Alzheimer's disease has been discovered... [Read More]
Father's nicotine use risks cognitive problems down the generations
22 October 2018 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A father's smoking habit can cause cognitive deficits in the second and third generations, a study in mice has shown... [Read More]
Gene therapy trial for Parkinson's disease begins
29 October 2018 - by Ewa Zotow
A novel gene therapy to improve symptoms in Parkinson's disease is being trialled by researchers in London and Paris... [Read More]
Ovarian cancer drug olaparib slows recurrence and cuts deaths
29 October 2018 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
A drug to treat ovarian cancer has shown promising results in a clinical trial, delaying signs of relapse and reducing chances of death. The drug olaparib, a PARP inhibitor, was used in patients with BRCA-mutated advanced ovarian cancer... [Read More]
Video Review: A groundbreaking way to stop mitochondrial disease – TedMed
29 October 2018 - by Hannah Tippett Simpson
'Every time somebody decides to have a baby, they're engaging in a game of Russian roulette,' argues  Professor Mary Herbert, a reproductive biologist at the University of Newcastle. Around 60-70 percent of fertilised eggs will never make it to pregnancy. You could see simply being here as a sign that we have beaten the odds... [Read More]

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