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CONTENTS Issue #1089
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The entelechy test: embryos and simbryos
29 March 2021 - by Julian Hitchcock
Over two weeks in March, four teams reported the self-assembly from stem cells of structures resembling human embryos... [Read More]
ORION public dialogue on genome editing
29 March 2021 - by Dr Emma Martinez
What are the public's views on the use of genome editing in a 'fundamental research setting', and how does this differ to views on its use in medical and clinical applications?... [Read More]
FILM: The Health of IVF Babies – What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Find Out?
29 March 2021 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about the health of people conceived via IVF... [Read More]
Ethnic minority women are less likely to have successful fertility treatment
29 March 2021 - by Georgia Everett
A report published by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has indicated that ethnic minority women have lower chances of a successful pregnancy through fertility treatment, and particularly so for black women... [Read More]
'Zombie genes' increase expression after death
29 March 2021 - by Anna Wernick
A set of immune cell genes ramp up their expression after death, a new study has revealed... [Read More]
NHS launches polygenic scores pilot to calculate heart disease risk
29 March 2021 - by Dr Melanie Krause
The NHS is to trial a new approach in personalised medicine that aims to help calculate patients' individual risk for heart disease... [Read More]
Semen quality linked to environmental factors during mother's pregnancy
29 March 2021 - by Blair Sowry
Semen quality may be impacted in men whose mothers were exposed to certain chemicals whilst pregnant, a recent study has found... [Read More]
Deep learning tool saves time selecting embryos for IVF
29 March 2021 - by Bethany Muller
Time spent by embryologists selecting embryos for IVF could be reduced by using artificial intelligence to fuse time-lapse images taken of the developing cells... [Read More]
Genetic research suggests men can develop polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms
29 March 2021 - by Tsvetana Stoilova
Men carrying genetic risk factors for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to develop diabetes, obesity and male-pattern baldness... [Read More]
Podcast Review: How to be a Superhero – The hidden powers within your genes
29 March 2021 - by Joseph Hamilton
When you hear the word 'superhero', the image which springs to mind may be of a billionaire playboy philanthropist or an agile acrobat in unnecessary tight latex... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Making Babies – Surrogacy – what, why, how, who, where?
29 March 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
In late 2020, Andrea Byrne started a podcast series inspired by her seven-year fertility journey. When she thought she couldn't carry a pregnancy herself, she and her husband seriously considered surrogacy. This potential avenue for parenthood is discussed in the fifth episode of the series... [Read More]

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