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CONTENTS Issue #685
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Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Hugh Montgomery
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Weighing up your options: the impact of weight and nutrition
10 December 2012 - by Rachel Lloyd
I had a front row seat for session three of Progress Educational Trust's 2012 annual conference 'Fertility Treatment: A life-changing event?'. This session was entitled 'Weighing up your options: The impact of weight and nutrition'... [Read More]
Maternity rights and surrogacy from an intended mother's perspective
10 December 2012 - by Sabreena Mahroof
'…and naturally you realise you will not be entitled to Maternity leave….'... [Read More]
Asthma more likely in children born from infertility treatment
10 December 2012 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
Children born as a result of fertility treatment are more likely to develop asthma, say scientists... [Read More]
French sperm counts drop by a third over 17 years
10 December 2012 - by James Brooks
Between 1989 and 2005, the sperm count of French men dropped by a third, according to research... [Read More]
Improved prenatal test may better detect genetic diseases
10 December 2012 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
More sensitive prenatal testing of fetal DNA could improve the detection of genetic diseases, studies find... [Read More]
Drug companies and universities team up to create European stem cell bank
10 December 2012 - by Paola Quattroni
Ten drugs companies and 23 European universities will work to develop a stem cell bank that researchers will use in fundamental disease research and to test potential new medicines... [Read More]
Childlessness resulting from failed IVF is asssociated with decreased lifespan
10 December 2012 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Couples seeking IVF treatment who do not eventually conceive or adopt are more likely to die early, claim scientists... [Read More]
$3 billion California stem cell agency 'make proposals to themselves regarding what should be funded'
10 December 2012 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
A report has drawn attention to the potential for conflict of interest at the agency that allocates state funds to stem cell research in California, USA... [Read More]
We all carry hundreds of genetic mutations in our DNA
10 December 2012 - by Purvi Shah
An average person carries roughly 400 potentially damaging mutations in their DNA, say geneticists... [Read More]
UK couple 'too old' for publicly-funded IVF to sue the Health Secretary
10 December 2012 - by Ari Haque
A couple who was refused fertility treatment on the NHS for being 'too old' has said it intends to challenge the decision in the courts, arguing that the decision amounts to age discrimination.... [Read More]
Whole genome sequencing for NHS cancer patients
10 December 2012 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The UK Government has announced plans that will allow 100,000 NHS patients to have their whole genome sequenced over the next three to five years, as part of a move to boost economic growth in the life sciences industry... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Hugh Montgomery
10 December 2012 - by Joseph Jebelli
What do mountaineering up Mount Everest and treating critically ill patients in an intensive care ward have in common? Quite a lot, as it turns out, according to Professor Hugh Montgomery on a recent interview for Radio 4's Life Scientific... [Read More]

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