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CONTENTS Issue #1003
Donor conception and direct-to-consumer DNA testing
Book Review: Breakthrough Babies - An IVF Pioneer's Tale of Creating Life Against All Odds
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Donor conception and direct-to-consumer DNA testing
24 June 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
The Progress Educational Trust (PET), which publishes BioNews, held a public event in London to discuss direct-to-consumer genetic testing in relation to donor anonymity... [Read More]
IVF postcode lottery 'blights patients' lives and damages the NHS' reputation', says minister
24 June 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price has urged England's 195 clinical commission groups to end the IVF postcode lottery... [Read More]
Breast cancer risk increased by IVF in women over 40
24 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Older women undergoing fertility treatment have an increased risk of breast cancer, suggests a large study. [Read More]
Deer antler discovery points way to new cancer treatments
24 June 2019 - by Dr Lea Goetz
The rapid annual regrowth of deer antlers is down to a combination of cancer-linked genes and tight regulation of them by tumour-suppressing genes, finds a new study. The results may offer a new avenue for cancer treatment research in humans... [Read More]
No difference in IVF success between frozen or fresh embryos
24 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Freezing embryos for later implantation, or using them fresh, makes no difference in the success of IVF, according to a new study... [Read More]
Informal sperm donor is legal parent, rules Australian court
24 June 2019 - by Jen Willows
The Australian High Court has ruled that a man who provided sperm to a friend is the legal father of her child... [Read More]
First gene linked to cannabis addiction found
24 June 2019 - by Martha Henriques
A gene that raises someone's risk of becoming addicted to cannabis has been discovered... [Read More]
New blood test could help diagnose ovarian cancer
24 June 2019 - by Emma Laycock
Scientists have discovered a set of biomarkers in the blood that could indicate ovarian cancer, which could be used to help diagnose the disease... [Read More]
100 BRCA gene variants linked to cancer found
24 June 2019 - by Georgia Everett
A large international study has identified the cancer risk associated with hundreds of mutations in BRCA genes. The findings will help improve accuracy when interpreting genetic test information on BRCA genes... [Read More]
Book Review: Breakthrough Babies - An IVF Pioneer's Tale of Creating Life Against All Odds
24 June 2019 - by Susan Tranfield-Thomas
Dr Simon Fishel, founder of the CARE Fertility Group, has a long and distinguished career behind him. As a young biochemist he began his research career at the University of Cambridge with IVF pioneer Professor Robert Edwards, who together with Dr Patrick Steptoe was responsible for the birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978... [Read More]

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