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CONTENTS Issue #686
Event Review: Do We Need More Scientists in Parliament?
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The mince pie problem
17 December 2012 - by Sarah Norcross
Someone who came to our event this week 'Giving: The Gamete Donor Perspective' very kindly brought some mince pies for us. She brought 30 mince pies. I gave two boxes away to stalwart volunteers. But this generous gift posed a problem... [Read More]
What's Your Poison? The Impact of Alcohol and Smoking
17 December 2012 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The fourth session the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 2012 'Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?' continued the day's critical perspective looking at the evidential basis for the impact of lifestyle factors on the outcome of fertility treatment and resulting children. This time it was the impact of alcohol and smoking that came under scrutiny... [Read More]
German Brüstle decision puts spotlight on national patent guidelines
17 December 2012 - by Julian Hitchcock
In November the case of Brüstle v Greenpeace was remitted to the German Federal High Court. How would a national court interpret the controversial ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union which held that patent rights could not be granted in the EU for the use of any entity 'capable of commencing the process of development of a human being'?... [Read More]
Genetics alone does not explain cancer growth
17 December 2012 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Genetic mutations are not the only contributing factor in the growth of cancerous tumours, say scientists... [Read More]
US Senate passes fertility bill for injured veterans
17 December 2012 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
The United States Senate has passed a bill that would allow veterans who have sustained damage to their reproductive organs during active service to have fertility treatment paid for... [Read More]
Pee-brain: cells in urine converted to neurons
17 December 2012 - by Alison Cranage
Scientists have converted kidney cells from human urine into brain cells, bypassing the need for embryonic stem cells... [Read More]
Amgen buys personal genomics pioneers deCODE for $415 million
17 December 2012 - by Holly Rogers
The US biotechnology company Amgen will buy deCODE Genetics, which provides products and services for genome analysis, for $415 million... [Read More]
Is homosexuality down to epigenetics?
17 December 2012 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Homosexuality is inherited, not through genes, but through 'epi-markers', a study based around mathematical modelling suggests... [Read More]
Immune cell gene therapy a success for one leukaemia patient
17 December 2012 - by Joseph Jebelli
A seven-year-old girl with a highly aggressive form of leukaemia may have been 'cured' by an experimental therapy that harnesses the body's immune system to seek out and destroy the disease.... [Read More]
Event Review: Do We Need More Scientists in Parliament?
17 December 2012 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Do we need more scientists in Parliament? The Society of Biology recently embarked on a series of public debates on science policy, launching with this probing question... [Read More]

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