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CONTENTS Issue #1101
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A matter of diagnosis... and why diagnosis matters
28 June 2021 - by Allison Watson
Ring chromosome 20 syndrome is an ultra-rare difficult to treat epilepsy, often accompanied by intellectual disability and behaviour disorder... [Read More]
Surrogacy law change: The UK needs to look across the pond
28 June 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
The long process of reforming surrogacy laws in the UK continues, with legislation expected from the Law Commission of England and Wales and Scottish Law Commission early next year... [Read More]
Antibodies from COVID-19 vaccines do not cause infertility in women
28 June 2021 - by Semyon Bodian
Antibodies, resulting from either vaccination against or infection with COVID-19 do not impact female fertility, according to new research... [Read More]
Policymakers advised to address problems with direct-to-consumer genomic testing
28 June 2021 - by Michaela Chen
The UK Government should review regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic and genomic tests, according to a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee... [Read More]
IVF patients not negatively affected by COVID-19 mRNA vaccination
28 June 2021 - by Georgina Al-Badri
No differences were identified between IVF cycles taking place before and after the patients received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine... [Read More]
No increased breast cancer risk from fertility drugs
28 June 2021 - by Dr Jennifer Frosch
Fertility drugs do not increase the risk of developing breast cancer, a UK study has shown... [Read More]
Airway model developed to study viral lung infections
28 June 2021 - by Devika Sooklall
Stem cell models may help investigate COVID-19 and other lung diseases... [Read More]
Fertility clinic ransomware data breach affected 38,000 patients
28 June 2021 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Sensitive personal and medical information of around 38,000 patients has been exposed in a ransomware attack on a US fertility clinic... [Read More]
Human organoid gives insight into neural tube development
28 June 2021 - by Eleanor Mackle
Scientists have developed a way to study processes that are crucial to the formation of the human spinal cord, without the ethical concerns of using human embryos... [Read More]
Chinese scientist removed early COVID-19 genomic data from scientific database
28 June 2021 - by Anna Wernick
A controversial paper suggests that Chinese researchers retracted early COVID-19 viral sequences from a US database to obscure their origins... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 'Will Cancer Make Me Infertile?' – That cancer conversation
28 June 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Several studies have shown that cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can have temporary or even permanent effects on fertility by damaging the ovaries or testis... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Male Infertility with Kevin Button
28 June 2021 - by Ahmed Amer
I first heard about the Fertility Podcast a few years ago from a patient who told me her and her partner used the podcast series, and other social media outlets, as a method of deciphering the unfamiliar world of infertility treatment they inadvertently found themselves in... [Read More]

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