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CONTENTS Issue #681
Book Review: Like a Virgin
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Show and tell: London's annual fertility event
12 November 2012 - by Kate Brian
The annual show, now in its fourth year, is a unique event, where complementary therapists and crystal healers can be found rubbing shoulders with some of the country's leading fertility specialists... [Read More]
The egg that came in from the cold: ASRM lifts 'experimental' label from social egg freezing
12 November 2012 - by Dr Gillian Lockwood
After a decade of claiming that the technique was only applicable to young cancer patients whose treatment would render them prematurely infertile, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has decided that vitrification and warming of unfertilised oocytes followed by fertilisation by ICSI results in acceptable subsequent pregnancy rates... [Read More]
Mother's age at menopause may influence female fertility
12 November 2012 - by Joseph Jebelli
A woman's fertility may be strongly linked to the age her mother was at menopause, according to research... [Read More]
Donor stem cells as safe and effective as patient's own in heart attack trial
12 November 2012 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Stem cells obtained from donors have been used in clinical trials to effectively treat damage caused by heart attacks. The trial found that donor stem cells were 'just as safe' as stem cells derived from the person being treated.... [Read More]
'Holy grail' results two years on in small cardiac stem cell heart failure trial
12 November 2012 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Eight heart attack patients given injections of stem cells harvested from their own hearts show significant improvement in their heart function two years after treatment... [Read More]
Parents sue hospital for failing to spot son's fatal chromosomal abnormality
12 November 2012 - by Nishat Hyder
The parents of a child with serious disabilities caused by an inherited rare genetic condition who died shortly after birth are suing St George's Hospital, London for failing to test for and identify the condition before birth.... [Read More]
Critically ill patient dies after Pluristem claims stem cell treatment a 'success'
12 November 2012 - by Dr Daniel Grimes
A biotechnology company has come under fire after reporting success of its 'life-saving' stem cell based therapies ahead of a major stock sale, which occurred before investors became aware of news that a patient who had received its treatment had died.... [Read More]
£13 million investment for UK pluripotent stem cell database
12 November 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council have announced a £12.75 million investment to create a database of induced pluripotent stem) cells.... [Read More]
Teenager's death ends parents' bid for his sperm
12 November 2012 - by Ayesha Ahmad
A recent battle by the parents of a teenager who was critically injured in a car accident to obtain and store his sperm for future use has ended following his death last week... [Read More]
Book Review: Like a Virgin
12 November 2012 - by Cait McDonagh
Reading the back cover blurb, I was looking forward to an eye-opening adventure, discovering the ways in which societies have long been fascinated with creating a child by unconventional means. The book also promised to show how this might be possible in the future and I wasn’t disappointed... [Read More]

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