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CONTENTS Issue #974
Whose genome is it anyway?
TV Review: Inside Out West - 29.10.18 (BBC)
TV Review: The Handmaid's Tale, Season 2
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Whose genome is it anyway?
5 November 2018 - by Phil Booth
There are potentially great benefits to the use of genomic data. But there are also clear risks and concerns, due in large part to the particular characteristics of DNA and the vast amount of information that can be derived from it... [Read More]
Children of older fathers have more medical problems
5 November 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
Older men are more likely to have children born prematurely, a study in the USA has found, while their partners are at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes... [Read More]
Study suggests 96 percent of people 'immune' to CRISPR/Cas9
5 November 2018 - by Dr Eleanor Lynam
The genome editing system, CRISPR/Cas9, may not be as successful in humans as hoped... [Read More]
Israel rejects bill to extend surrogacy to same-sex couples
5 November 2018 - by Jen Willows
Israel's parliament, the Knesset has rejected a bill to allow single men and gay couples equal access to surrogacy... [Read More]
Lancashire CCGs cut IVF services from two cycles to one
5 November 2018 - by Martha Henriques
Access to IVF in Lancashire and South Cumbria will be reduced to one cycle, the eight NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the region have announced. Seven of the CCGs previously permitted two cycles... [Read More]
Heart stem cell trial 'paused' in wake of study retraction
5 November 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A US government agency has 'paused' a trial of stem cell treatment for heart failure following calls for 31 scientific papers to be retracted... [Read More]
FDA approves DNA test for predicting drug effectiveness – if it carries warnings
5 November 2018 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first consumer pharmacogenetic test, but not without crucial caveats... [Read More]
Canadian government tables reform to assisted reproduction laws
5 November 2018 - by Nina Chohan
The Canadian government has proposed updates to existing assisted reproduction law, including payment of expenses to gamete donors and surrogates... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out West - 29.10.18 (BBC)
5 November 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
Fertility treatment is big business within the UK. The ever-increasing demand for fertility services combined with the dwindling availability of NHS-funding for fertility treatment has created a booming 'fertility industry'... [Read More]
TV Review: The Handmaid's Tale, Season 2
5 November 2018 - by Annabel Slater
The Handmaid's Tale portrays a societal response to infertility taken to the darkest of extremes. After watching the two seasons of it, I am struggling to link it to today's world without getting on my soapbox to protest for women's rights and the importance of a secular state... [Read More]

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