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CONTENTS Issue #977
Book Review: Good Quality - The Routinisation of Sperm Banking in China
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First genome-edited babies: a very different perception of ethics
26 November 2018 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
Back in 18th century, British physician Dr Edward Jenner tested his hypothesis that harmless cowpox can prevent deadly smallpox disease on a young boy in exchange for a few coins to his poor parents. In 2018, a Chinese researcher Dr He Jiankui tested genome editing on human embryos in exchange for free IVF treatment. But that's where the parallels end... [Read More]
Why does Canada tax eggs and not sperm?
26 November 2018 - by Vanessa Gruben
In Canada, the purchase of human sperm and eggs is currently illegal under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Yet there are many commercial transactions involving sperm and eggs occurring across the border. Indeed, importers such as Can-Am Cryoservices run a thriving business importing sperm and eggs from sperm and egg banks outside of Canada, like Fairfax Egg Bank in the United States... [Read More]
BioNews Christmas appeal
26 November 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
BioNews is published by the charity Progress Educational Trust (PET), and we are firmly committed to keeping BioNews FREE for everybody to read... [Read More]
Birth of first genome-edited babies causes furore
26 November 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The first births from genome-edited human embryos have been announced by a Chinese researcher amid widespread condemnation, and fears over safety... [Read More]
Genetic 'reshuffling' by brain cells may link to Alzheimer's disease
26 November 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
For the first time, genetic 'reshuffling' has been shown to occur in cells in the human brain. This could shed light on the development of Alzheimer's disease and may even explain why current treatments for the disease have been so unsuccessful... [Read More]
Multiple genes implicated in suicide by family genome study
26 November 2018 - by Hannah Tippett Simpson
Four gene variants have been found to be more common in suicide victims... [Read More]
Study shows genome editing is possible in the kidney
26 November 2018 - by Charlotte Spicer
Scientists have successfully used genome editing in the kidneys of mice for the first time... [Read More]
Experts caution on implications of 'lost embryos' lawsuit
26 November 2018 - by Lone Hørlyck
Experts have strongly criticised a claim that embryos lost during a storage tank failure at a fertility clinic were 'people'... [Read More]
Irish hospital reviews its cancer test reports after error in case
26 November 2018 - by Dr Eleanor Lynam
A hospital in Ireland has been reviewing hundreds of test reports for the BRCA gene after a woman was incorrectly told she was not at heightened risk of cancer... [Read More]
Book Review: Good Quality - The Routinisation of Sperm Banking in China
26 November 2018 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva
'Good Quality' by Professor Ayo Wahlberg is a fascinating description of sperm donation in China, based on his fieldwork conducted between 2007-2014. Anyone familiar with donor programmes will recognise the challenges of sperm donor recruitment, retention and quality assurance described, although Professor Wahlberg argues that this, set within China's cultural, juridical, economic and social landscape, has resulted in a unique style of sperm banking... [Read More]

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