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CONTENTS Issue #1096
Event Review: Queer Conceptions – Families in the 21st Century
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Surrogacy and the COVID-19 vaccine – a UK perspective
24 May 2021 - by Sarah Taylor-Jones
It is reported that surrogacy agencies in the USA have been so overwhelmed by requests for unvaccinated surrogates that it has now become a new matching criterion that the agencies use when placing surrogates to work with intended parents... [Read More]
Informed consent to non-invasive prenatal testing: findings from a qualitative study in Lebanon and in Quebec
24 May 2021 - by Dr Hazar Haidar, Professor Vardit Ravitsky and Dr Anne-Marie Laberge
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) was first introduced in 2011, when breakthroughs in sequencing technology allowed the analysis of cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) in maternal blood to detect genetic abnormalities in the foetus, such as trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome), with greater accuracy than previous screening tests... [Read More]
Cambridge scientists win technology award for their DNA sequencing method
24 May 2021 - by Jen Willows
The Millennium Technology Prize has been awarded to UK researchers who developed a widely used approach to genome sequencing... [Read More]
Mother's mitochondria can affect children's height, longevity and disease risk
24 May 2021 - by Anna Wernick
Mitochondria influence not only our energy levels but also our risk of certain diseases... [Read More]
UK government to develop global standards and policies to share genomic data
24 May 2021 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
The UK Government has announced a year-long implementation plan that it hopes will position the UK as a global leader in genomic healthcare... [Read More]
Microfluidics system automates embryo freezing and reduces cryoinjuries
24 May 2021 - by David Cansfield
An automated embryo freezing process has been developed to reduce the likelihood of damage from freezing, or 'cryoinjuries', that can occur when the process is performed manually... [Read More]
US citizenship now granted to babies born abroad via IVF and surrogacy
24 May 2021 - by Sylvie Armstrong
The USA will now grant citizenship to more babies born abroad via surrogacy... [Read More]
Development of personalised models of cognitive decline
24 May 2021 - by Dr Emma Green
A new model able to predict cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease could help to develop personalised treatments... [Read More]
Homeopathy article banned after claiming it can help infertility
24 May 2021 - by Georgia Everett
The UK advertising regulator has concluded that a page on Homeopathy UK's website discouraged people from seeking essential medical treatment for conditions including infertility... [Read More]
Event Review: Queer Conceptions – Families in the 21st Century
24 May 2021 - by Liam Davis
What makes a family? What was once probably a simple question to answer can now be complicated (or 'queered'). There are now various models of family to consider, which departs from the 'traditional' ideal of a married, cisgender man and woman with biogenetic children... [Read More]

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