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CONTENTS Issue #1021
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NEWS DIGEST
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Podcast Review: The dangers of DIY genetic testing – Science Weekly, The Guardian
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PET's #ExtendTheLimit campaign to change the storage limit for social egg freezing launches
28 October 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Increasing numbers of women in the UK are facing the stark choice of having to destroy their frozen eggs or become a mother before they are ready to do so because of an outdated law... [Read More]
Why the Law Commissions' consultation paper on surrogacy reform was incomplete
28 October 2019 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
The Law Commissions of Scotland and England and Wales' joint consultation on surrogacy reform has now closed to responses... [Read More]
New 'prime' genome editing offers promise
28 October 2019 - by Jennifer Frosch
An improved genome editing method could potentially correct 89 percent of known genetic defects causing disease, US scientists say. [Read More]
Teen cancer patients not told about fertility risks
27 October 2019 - by Jakki Magowan
The Teenage Cancer Trust has recommended that the negative effect of cancer treatments on fertility needs to be better communicated to patients... [Read More]
Gates Foundation and NIH pledge $200 million for gene therapies
28 October 2019 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has teamed up with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US national science funding body, to pledge US$100 million each over four years towards development of gene therapies for HIV and sickle cell anaemia... [Read More]
Sperm counts higher in men who eat a Mediterranean diet
27 October 2019 - by Dr Katie Howe
Men who follow a Mediterranean-style diet have higher sperm counts than men who eat unhealthily, according to a small new research study... [Read More]
Study suggests 'gene drain' from Britain's industrial areas
28 October 2019 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A new study suggests a 'gene drain' linked to social migration in Great Britain, where people with a genetic predisposition for higher educational attainment are more likely to leave former industrial regions and live in wealthier areas... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The dangers of DIY genetic testing – Science Weekly, The Guardian
28 October 2019 - by Laura Riggall
By 2022 the world's consumer genetic testing market is expected to quadruple to £200 million, according to The Guardian. But while the popularity of DIY genetic testing has undergone huge expansion in recent years, doctors and scientists have called for a crackdown on tests offered by consumer genetics companies such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA... [Read More]

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