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CONTENTS Issue #1000
COMMENT
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Podcast Review: The Genetic Revolution – the Economist
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BioNews 1000: Looking back at the last 20 years, and forward to the next 20
3 June 2019 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey and Dr Jess Buxton
Professor Marcus Pembrey and Dr Jess Buxton reflect on 20 years of BioNews and its unrivalled coverage of scientific, legal and ethical developments in the fields of human genetics and assisted conception... [Read More]
The open future of donor conception
3 June 2019 - by Vince Londini
In a recent commentary, Professor Guido Pennings outlined his views on donor anonymity and DNA-testing databases. Professor Pennings seems to advocate for the contractual rights of anonymous donors by placing such in opposition to the increasingly recognised, if not yet codified in law, moral rights of donor-conceived people... [Read More]
BioNews 1000: Our contributors on why they write for us
3 June 2019 - by BioNews
More than 200 volunteers have written for BioNews over the years, many of them having completed the BioNews writing scheme, which gives Masters and PhD students a thorough grounding in writing news and reviews... [Read More]
BioNews 1000: BioNews in numbers
3 June 2019 - by BioNews
On 22 March 1999, BioNews launched its first online newsletter digest. It ran with ten news stories and a comment piece by Juliet Tizzard, a former director of the Progress Educational Trust, called ‘Why BioNews?’... [Read More]
HFEA issues first commissioning guidance for fertility treatment
3 June 2019 - by Rikita Patel
The UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has released new commissioning guidance offering NHS clinical commissioning groups advice on delivering high-quality cost-effective fertility services. [Read More]
Commission on heritable genome editing launches, while China clamps down
3 June 2019 - by Georgia Everett
An international commission has been assembled to provide guidance on the development of therapies using human germline genome editing... [Read More]
DNA study may have implications for mitochondrial donation
3 June 2019 - by Jenny Sharpe
Mitochondria are not as interchangeable as originally thought, with implications for the selection of donors for mitochondrial donation... [Read More]
Muscle-building steroids make men infertile
3 June 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Men taking steroids and anti-baldness medications to appear more attractive may be inadvertently reducing their fertility, warn two scientists... [Read More]
Dead US cadet's parents win right to use his sperm
3 June 2019 - by Jen Willows
The New York State Supreme Court has granted permission for the parents of a deceased US army cadet to use his frozen sperm to have grandchildren... [Read More]
Pregnancy stress linked to lower sperm counts in adult sons
3 June 2019 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Sons whose mothers experienced high levels of stress during their first 18 weeks of pregnancy may have reduced fertility when they become adults... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The Genetic Revolution – the Economist
3 June 2019 - by Rachel Siden
'The controversial questions that confront us are not for the future; the technology is already at our doorstep,' Kenneth Cukier tells us in a recent episode of the Economist podcast, on 'the genetic revolution'. In this episode, Cukier explores the ways that human genetic testing is impacting our present and our future... [Read More]

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