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CONTENTS Issue #979
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New science, new families, old law: is the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act fit for purpose?
10 December 2018 - by Sir James Munby
A Keynote Presentation given by Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice, at the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference... [Read More]
Why the UK High Court has granted non-parentage in a case of embryo adoption
10 December 2018 - by Anest Mathias
The High Court has granted a declaration of non-parentage, in a case where an unmarried couple had a baby using embryo adoption in Spain... [Read More]
BioNews Christmas Appeal – We Need Your Help
10 December 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
Thanks to all of you who have made a donation to our Christmas Appeal. We have yet to reach our target’ so please donate if you have not already done so - all donations, whatever their size, are gratefully received and really do make a difference to a small charity like the Progress Educational Trust (PET)... [Read More]
First baby born from womb transplant from deceased donor
10 December 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The world's first baby has been born from a uterus transplanted into a woman from a dead donor... [Read More]
Epigenetics may give 'universal' cancer test
10 December 2018 - by Dr Charlott Repschlager
Australian researchers have developed a cancer test, which could potentially detect cancerous DNA in blood and tissue samples in under 10 minutes... [Read More]
100,000 Genomes Project hits landmark sequencing goal
10 December 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The UK reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 patient genomes last week... [Read More]
Cambodia releases detained surrogates
10 December 2018 - by Dr Eleanor Lynam
Thirty-two Cambodian women charged with human trafficking for acting as surrogates have been released on bail on the condition that they keep the children... [Read More]
IVF linked to child asthma risk
10 December 2018 - by Dr Elizabeth Oliver
Children born to parents who took more than a year to conceive or who used fertility treatment may be at increased risk of developing asthma, according to a new study... [Read More]
WHO to discuss genome editing while Dr He Jiankui is missing
10 December 2018 - by Jen Willows
The World Health Organisation will establish a panel of experts to study the potential uses of genome editing in humans, and to formulate guidelines for use of the technology... [Read More]
Professor Sir David Weatherall obituary: 'iconic' scientist dies
10 December 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The UK scientist Professor Sir David Weatherall, who was the first to show that a gene deletion could cause a human disease, has passed away... [Read More]

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