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CONTENTS Issue #1085
COMMENT
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Animation Review: The Human Pangenome
Podcast Review: Sperm Series – I download an app
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The Health of IVF Babies: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Find Out?
1 March 2021 - by Annabel Slater
In 1978, in the run-up to the birth of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby, the media speculated greatly over whether she would be normal. 'Had there been anything at all wrong with me,' Brown has reflected, 'I think it would have been the end of IVF'... [Read More]
Ethics of genetically reconstituting oocytes
1 March 2021 - by Professor John D Loike
In the 16 December issue of Nature, researchers reported that the addition of eight transcription factors to pluripotent stem cells converted them into a primary oocyte-like cell... [Read More]
Gene that guides egg points to cause of ectopic pregnancy
1 March 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
The risk of ectopic pregnancy may be influenced by regulation of a specific gene, according to new research... [Read More]
Lab grown brain organoids mirror newborn brain development
1 March 2021 - by Dr Emma Green
Brain organoids, grown in the lab from stem cells, have been shown to develop in-line with the human brain... [Read More]
Longevity gene protects brain stem cells from stress
1 March 2021 - by Joseph Hamilton
A gene linked to longevity has been shown to protect brain stem cells from oxidative stress... [Read More]
Organoids of human lung and brain respond differently to SARS-CoV-2
1 March 2021 - by Emma Lamb
The body's response to infection by SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) varies across different cell types, according to a new study... [Read More]
Newlywed's satisfaction may be linked to a genetic variant
1 March 2021 - by Martha Roberts
Psychologists have found a genetic variant associated with relationship satisfaction in the first years of marriage... [Read More]
Stem cell treatment leads to improvement in spinal cord injuries
1 March 2021 - by Javier Bautista
Stem cell therapy significantly improved spinal cord injuries in a small clinical trial... [Read More]
Animation Review: The Human Pangenome
1 March 2021 - by Francesca Sowerbutts
When the Human Genome Project was completed in 2000, Bill Clinton, then president of the United States, called it 'the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by humankind'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Sperm Series – I download an app
1 March 2021 - by Eleanor Mackle
Dating hasn't worked out for Andrea Silenzi, and through running 'The Longest Shortest Time' podcast, she has decided that she is ready to become a single parent. In the first episode of a three-part miniseries, Silenzi explores using an app called 'Just a Baby' to find a sperm donor... [Read More]

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