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CONTENTS Issue #1087
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The Business of Egg Freezing: From Bluster to Best Practice
15 March 2021 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s most recent online event concentrated on how egg freezing relates to the interests of patients and businesses... [Read More]
Russian State Duma proposes bill restricting surrogacy... again
15 March 2021 - by Dr Christina Weis
If accepted, the new bill would prohibit foreigners and unmarried couples from seeking surrogacy in Russia... [Read More]
FILM: Fertility Facts – What Do Young People Need to Know and When?
15 March 2021 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about whether and how (in)fertility should be addressed in sex and relationships education... [Read More]
First study of the genomic architecture of the human placenta
15 March 2021 - by Dr Laura Riggall
The human placenta has a genetic structure resembling that of a tumour and has many of the gene mutations found in childhood cancers, according to scientists... [Read More]
Julia Chain announced as new HFEA chair
15 March 2021 - by Jen Willows
Julia Chain has been appointed as the new chair of the UK's fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority... [Read More]
Hormone 'pulses' that govern fertility are regulated by brain cells
15 March 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
A specific type of brain cell is essential to fertility, Japanese researchers have discovered, suggesting a possible new approach for fertility treatment... [Read More]
More twins are currently being born than ever before
15 March 2021 - by Joseph Hamilton
Global twin birth rates may have peaked as one in 42 are born a twin, which is likely due to the accessibility of IVF and fertility treatments... [Read More]
Spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy coming to the NHS
15 March 2021 - by Martha Roberts
The NHS has agreed a deal to make gene therapy available for children with spinal muscular atrophy... [Read More]
Novel treatment for breast cancer brain metastases
15 March 2021 - by Dr Charlott Repschlager
Breast cancer brain metastases can be targeted with a new approach using stem cells as a delivery system... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 100 Not Out? Genes and Ageing
15 March 2021 - by Isobel Steer
'Are you noticing things falling apart a bit as you're getting older? ' asked presenter Dr Kat Arney, as I tune into the Genetics Society podcast. This personal attack almost makes me spill my hot cocoa and fall off my lumbar support (I'm 28 and it's a lockdown Saturday night). This is going to be a bumpy listen... [Read More]
Event Review: Curing the Incurable – The promises of genome editing
15 March 2021 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Scientific American in partnership with Cellectis, hosted a virtual event to explore genome editing and its use in the clinic. Three pioneers of the field were invited to discuss the early days of genome editing, new technologies and future challenges... [Read More]

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