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CONTENTS Issue #678
Event Review: GENIE Public Engagement Lectures
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Preventing mitochondrial disease: What about the patients?
22 October 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Dimond
Techniques for the prevention of mitochondrial disease have attracted intense speculation, controversy and excitement... [Read More]
Should surrogate mothers still have an absolute right to change their minds?
22 October 2012 - by Natalie Gamble
Consent requirements for surrogacy were created in 1990 and sought to discourage surrogacy, to make it a perilous undertaking that few would brave. With more experience behind us, we now know that surrogacy is not something to be quite so afraid of... [Read More]
Regulator lifts restrictions on Belfast fertility clinic
22 October 2012 - by Jessica Ware
A private fertility clinic in Belfast that was ordered to stop accepting patients after concerns over non-compliance with regulations has had its restrictions lifted after nearly two months... [Read More]
Celebrity sperm donor hoax revealed
22 October 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A celebrity sperm donor service called Fame Daddy that was profiled in news reports in the British media has been revealed as a hoax... [Read More]
Embryonic stem cell pioneers receive offer for abandoned programme from former executives
22 October 2012 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Two former CEOs of US drug company Geron are bidding to revive its stem cell assets... [Read More]
Genetic mutations re-set brain cells to cause brain cancer
22 October 2012 - by Joseph Jebelli
A study on the most common type of brain cancer in humans has found that expressing cancer genes, also known as oncogenes, in fully developed brain cells can return them to an immature state that results in the formation of tumours... [Read More]
'Sperm donor' father wins child custody battle in Australia
22 October 2012 - by Maria Sheppard
A man in Queensland, Australia, who acted as a known sperm donor for a woman in what appeared to be a private arrangement, has been awarded shared parental responsibility over a girl he fathered... [Read More]
Faulty gene leading to skin disorder spotted
22 October 2012 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Scientists have identified a gene involved in an incurable skin disease. Using advanced screening techniques they discovered several mutations in this gene in people with punctuate palmoplantar keratoderma (PPK)... [Read More]
Stem cell transplants: blood and bone marrow yield similar survival
22 October 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Survival rates of patients needing bone marrow transplants are unaffected by whether they receive stem cells from blood or bone marrow, say scientists... [Read More]
Event Review: GENIE Public Engagement Lectures
22 October 2012 - by Marco Narajos
Bread and beer are not usually things that one would associate with diseases like cancer, dementia or Huntington's disease. This view was proved wrong by geneticists who gathered at the University of Leicester on 9 October 2012 for a series of lectures aimed at the non-scientist. It seems yeast can be inspiration for genetics research too.... [Read More]

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