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CONTENTS Issue #1120
Book Review: Wish, Miracle, Me! – A modern family love poem for donor-conceived children
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Newborn Screening: What Should Be Screened for and How?
8 November 2021 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Currently, only nine conditions are screened for in the UK, which is fewer than many other high-income countries. Although many patient groups advocate for new conditions to be added to the list, this has not happened... [Read More]
'Partner-created embryos' – time to change the law to support lesbian couples
8 November 2021 - by Dr Ippokratis Sarris
'Shared motherhood', also known as 'reception of oocytes from the partner' or 'intra-partner egg donation', or 'reciprocal motherhood', is a type of fertility treatment undertaken by female same-sex couples... [Read More]
FILM: Female Fertility – What Does the Future Hold?
8 November 2021 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about the future of female fertility... [Read More]
Scientists uncover why certain genotype increases risk of dying from COVID-19
8 November 2021 - by Semyon Bodian
A mechanism has been uncovered which explains why genetic variation at a particular site on the third chromosomes in humans makes people twice as likely to die from COVID-19... [Read More]
'Postcode lottery' persists for England's fertility patients
8 November 2021 - by Francesca Gavins
A national audit has highlighted regional differences in IVF funding, set by local clinical commissioning groups... [Read More]
Whole genome sequencing useful for diagnosing mitochondrial disorders
8 November 2021 - by Devika Sooklall
Whole genome sequencing can facilitate faster and more accurate diagnoses of rare mitochondrial disorders, new research has revealed... [Read More]
RNA-based control switch could be used to turn on gene therapies in cells
8 November 2021 - by Anna Wernick
A new technique to turn therapeutic genes on in specific cells has been developed, potentially changing the future of gene therapies... [Read More]
Gene variants linked to syndrome that causes hearing loss and infertility
8 November 2021 - by Dr Emma Green
New genes have been linked to a rare genetic condition that causes hearing loss in women and men, and early menopause and infertility in women... [Read More]
Brain organoids to help identify therapies for neurodegenerative disease
8 November 2021 - by Dr Ara Schorscher-Petcu
Miniature brain-like structures grown in the laboratory are being used to uncover mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and to screen for effective treatments... [Read More]
Embryonic stem cells can self-destruct when defective
8 November 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
Insight into genetic control of human embryonic stem cells' fate has offered new insight into cancer genetics and could inform future work in regenerative medicine... [Read More]
Gene therapy enhances the effects of Parkinson's disease drug in mice
8 November 2021 - by Paige Mumford
Gene therapy delivered to a novel mouse model of Parkinson's disease improved the effects of existing Parkinson's drug levodopa... [Read More]
Book Review: Wish, Miracle, Me! – A modern family love poem for donor-conceived children
8 November 2021 - by Patricia Sarles
Although I initially thought that this book was written by a donor-conceived person from the blurb on the back of the book, it was not. Rather, it was written in the voice of a donor-conceived child, but written by the mother of that donor-conceived child... [Read More]

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