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CONTENTS Issue #988
Extending the ten-year storage limit for frozen eggs
Event Review: The British Science Association's Future Debates – Would you share your DNA?
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Extending the ten-year storage limit for frozen eggs
25 February 2019 - by Salima Budhani and Theodora Middleton
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 requires that human gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos collected and stored by fertility clinics be destroyed after ten years, except in cases of premature infertility. This time limit applies to women often referred to as 'social' egg freezers irrespective of the age of the woman when the ten-year limit is reached; it applies equally to women who froze eggs when aged 25 and those who froze eggs at 45... [Read More]
UK woman has first gene therapy operation for dry AMD
25 February 2019 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
An 80-year-old woman from Oxford – Janet Osborne – has undergone the world's first gene therapy operation to target the root cause of age-related macular degeneration... [Read More]
Gene deleted in genome-edited babies linked to better recovery from stroke
25 February 2019 - by Isobel Steer
A gene called CCR5 has been shown to affect people's ability to recover after stroke. It is the same gene at the heart of the recent controversial case of genome edited babies in China... [Read More]
Gene therapy in utero could cure rare brain disease Angelman syndrome
25 February 2019 - by James Close
A new gene therapy is being developed to treat the rare genetic condition Angelman syndrome in while the affected foetus is still in the womb... [Read More]
Child obesity starts with epigenetic changes in womb
25 February 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
The risk of being obese as a child can be predicted by DNA modifications that arise while in the womb, and may be influenced by the mother's diet, suggests a new study... [Read More]
Shark DNA may hold clues to human cancer treatment
25 February 2019 - by Hugo Wolfe
Scientists who have decoded the great white shark genome for the first time may have uncovered clues which could help develop human cancer treatments... [Read More]
Leading Human Genome Project scientist, Sue Povey, dies
25 February 2019 - by Martha Henriques
Professor Sue Povey, a leading scientist on the Human Genome Project, has died at the age of 76... [Read More]
No scientific basis for ten-year egg freezing limit, says minister
25 February 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Baroness Nicola Blackwood, junior minister for innovation in the Department of Health and Social Care has acknowledged that there is a lack of evidence to back up the current time limit on egg freezing... [Read More]
Event Review: The British Science Association's Future Debates – Would you share your DNA?
25 February 2019 - by Nana Mensah
The Wellcome Collection in London states its aim as challenging how we think about health. What better place than this to ask the question: 'Would you share your DNA?'... [Read More]

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