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CONTENTS Issue #989
COMMENT
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Video Review: 'Your Fertility Matters' – Fertility Education Initiative
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Why a two-tier system for genomic testing is a bad idea
4 March 2019 - by Jayne Spink
In January, Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care, revealed that Genomics England planned to develop a direct-to-consumer service for whole-genome sequencing, with provision for customers to donate their data for research purposes. [Read More]
The place of fertility education in UK schools
4 March 2019 - by Professor Adam Balen
Last month, the draft statutory guidance on sex education (now known as Relationship and Sex Education and health education for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams and teachers) was presented to UK government for debate... [Read More]
Extremely rare semi-identical twins identified for second time
4 March 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
The birth of extremely rare semi-identical, or sesquizygotic, twins has been reported in Brisbane, Australia... [Read More]
CRISPR base-editing linked to off-target effects
4 March 2019 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Two new studies suggest that a form of CRISPR base editing is more error-prone than previously thought... [Read More]
China drafts new regulations on 'high risk' biomedical technologies
4 March 2019 - by Hugo Wolfe
The Chinese government has announced new regulations on genomic technologies in response to a Chinese scientist's claim to have created genome edited babies... [Read More]
One round of chemotherapy doesn't affect sperm count
4 March 2019 - by Georgia Everett
Men can safely undergo one round of chemotherapy or radiotherapy for early-stage testicular germ-cell cancer without any negative impact on sperm quality, a new study has found... [Read More]
Genetic link to 'happy marriage' discovered
4 March 2019 - by Ruth Retassie
US researchers have identified a genetic association with feelings of happiness and security within a marriage... [Read More]
Video Review: 'Your Fertility Matters' – Fertility Education Initiative
4 March 2019 - by Susan Tranfield
'Your Fertility Matters' is a short public education film by the Fertility Education Initiative, a special interest group of the British Fertility Society. This animation is aimed at 'young people who may have been told how NOT to get pregnant but will likely know little about factors that could lead to infertility'... [Read More]

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