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CONTENTS Issue #1115
Book Review: Klara and the Sun
Radio Review: Genetic Dreams, Genetic Nightmares
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#ExtendTheLimit: What Now For Egg Freezing?
4 October 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
Following the #ExtendTheLimit campaign and petition led by the Progress Educational Trust, the UK Government announced proposals to increase the time limit on storage of frozen eggs, sperm and embryos from ten years to a renewable ten year limit capped at a maximum of 55 years, irrespective of medical need... [Read More]
FILM: #ExtendTheLimit presentation by Baroness Ruth Deech
4 October 2021 - by BioNews
This presentation was given at the Progress Educational Trust event '#ExtendTheLimit: What Now For Egg Freezing?'... [Read More]
A storage solution for embryos and gametes?
4 October 2021 - by Eleri Williams
To the relief of many patients and those working in the IVF sector, the Department of Health and Social Care announced on 6 September 2021 that the storage limit for embryos and gametes would be extended from ten years to a maximum of 55 years with a renewal every ten-years... [Read More]
Gene that determines severity of COVID-19 discovered
4 October 2021 - by Dr Melanie Krause
Individuals with a specific version of the OAS1 gene have natural antiviral defences against SARS-CoV-2, resulting in less severe COVID-19 disease... [Read More]
Unique epigenetic profile found in identical twins
4 October 2021 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Identical twins carry a unique epigenetic signature on their DNA, providing potential clues as to how and why identical twinning occurs... [Read More]
Disparities in prenatal screening uptake revealed
4 October 2021 - by Tsvetana Stoilova
Non-invasive prenatal testing uptake in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods of the Netherlands is significantly lower than in other parts of the country... [Read More]
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG to consult on reducing fertility services
4 October 2021 - by Blair Sowry
The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group is to hold a public consultation regarding the provision of fertility treatment in the area... [Read More]
Embryonic stem cells used for cartilage regeneration
4 October 2021 - by Hannah Flynn
Scientists have described a method to create cartilage from human embryonic stem cells... [Read More]
Gene variant linked to growth may help people survive with limited food
4 October 2021 - by Dr Emma Green
A variant of the growth hormone receptor gene, known as GHRd3, has been linked to survival in times of scarce food resource... [Read More]
Book Review: Klara and the Sun
4 October 2021 - by Jen Willows
Klara and the Sun is a warm, readable novel with a small cast of well-developed characters. Ultimately it is a story about family, love, friendship and being human... [Read More]
Radio Review: Genetic Dreams, Genetic Nightmares
4 October 2021 - by Anna Wernick
Hosted by Professor Matthew Cobb of the University of Manchester, Genetic Dreams, Genetic Nightmares took me back to his lectures during my undergraduate degree there... [Read More]

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