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NICE Try - The Impact of Policy / Calm Down Dear - The Impact of Stress
3 December 2012 - by Cait McDonagh
The Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?' was an opportunity for experts in the fertility sector to debunk myths surrounding the impact of life-style factors on fertility and fertility practice... [Read More]
Fifty shades of Gray's Inn Road
3 December 2012 - by Sarah Norcross
The controversial issues discussed in BioNews aren't all black and white - fifty shades of grey is perhaps a more accurate description... [Read More]
Risk of teenage depression affected by genes
3 December 2012 - by Maren Urner
The risk of depression in adolescents exposed to negative environments during their childhood is partly dependent on their genetic make-up, suggest researchers... [Read More]
IVF embryo testing gets go-ahead in Ireland
3 December 2012 - by Matthew Young
Couples in Ireland undergoing IVF treatment will now be able to access tests to check for genetic and chromosomal conditions. Previously couples had to go abroad for the tests, which are widely offered in the UK, but they have now been licensed for use in two Irish clinics. [Read More]
Gene discovered that regulates the immune response to infection
3 December 2012 - by Daryl Ramai
Scientists have discovered a gene that controls the immune response against infection... [Read More]
Stem cells created from human blood sample
3 December 2012 - by Dr Greg Ball
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have been created from a routine blood sample by researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK, marking an improvement over existing experimental methods that require more invasive tissue biopsies.... [Read More]
Genes influencing birth weight also linked to health in adulthood
3 December 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Seven genes influencing birth weight have been identified in research combining the results of smaller studies. Five of the genes influencing birth weight may also be linked to health in adulthood... [Read More]
Scientists discover why regular sex prior to conception reduces pregnancy complications
3 December 2012 - by Chris Baldacci
A man may contribute more than just sperm to the process of conception, research suggests... [Read More]
British Columbia Court of Appeal reverses decision on sperm donor anonymity
3 December 2012 - by Ruth Retassie
A British Columbia court has ruled that donor-conceived people do not have a constitutional right to know their biological origins and has reversed an earlier decision that would have effectively removed donor anonymity in the province.... [Read More]
Australia: successful pregnancy after 'groundbreaking' ovarian tissue transplant
3 December 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
A former cancer patient has become the first woman in Australia to become pregnant following the pioneering procedure of ovarian tissue transplantation... [Read More]
German court upholds Brüstle patent as valid
3 December 2012 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The German Federal Court of Justice has ruled that a disputed patent held by Dr Oliver Brüstle, and the subject of a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against the patentability of human embryonic stem cells, is valid in its revised form.... [Read More]
Event Review: Have Your Say on Mitochondria Replacement (Manchester)
3 December 2012 - by Dr Iain Brassington
Under the law as it stands in the UK, only 'permitted' embryos may be implanted into a woman. Permitted embryos are those that have not been genetically modified, and are not formed from genetically modified gametes... [Read More]
Video Review: Mitochondria Replacement - Some Facts
3 December 2012 - by Maria Sheppard
Mitochondrial replacement has been making the headlines this year, but understanding the science behind it is no small task. Cue a whiteboard, some marker pens and two informative narrators... [Read More]

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