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CONTENTS Issue #687
The Age-Old Question: The Impact of Age
Biotechnology, choice and the public good
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The Age-Old Question: The Impact of Age
7 January 2013 - by Ruth Saunders
Progress Educational Trust's 2012 annual conference 'Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?' concluded with a session entitled 'The Age-Old Question: The Impact of Age'... [Read More]
Biotechnology, choice and the public good
7 January 2013 - by Dr Peter Mills
How valuable are emerging biotechnologies? Of all the questions about the prospects of the life sciences, this is the one that UK policy makers seem most eager to answer... [Read More]
7 January 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
Happy New Year to all our readers! New Year's resolutions usually involve cutting back on the 'bad' habits and increasing the 'good' ones... [Read More]
Immune cells to target cancer created from stem cells
7 January 2013 - by Dr Greg Ball
Immune cells that can recognise and kill cancer cells have been grown from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)... [Read More]
Worldwide infertility rates unchanged in 20 years says World Health Organisation
7 January 2013 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
Global rates of infertility have remained relatively stable between 1990 and 2010, according to a study that compiled data from 277 national surveys in 190 countries.... [Read More]
Sperm donor to lesbian couple sued for child support
7 January 2013 - by Rosie Beauchamp
A sperm donor in Kansas, USA, has been ordered to pay $6,000 in child support to a lesbian couple who he helped conceive a child with... [Read More]
Stem cell success against motor neurone disease in mice
7 January 2013 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
Neural stem cells were shown to be effective against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or motor neurone disease, in 11 independent studies on mice with the disease... [Read More]
Rare genetic mutations for bowel cancer discovered
7 January 2013 - by Chris Baldacci
Two rare genetic mutations have been linked to a higher risk of developing bowel cancer... [Read More]
Widow wins right to retrieve husband's sperm
7 January 2013 - by Jessica Ware
A Western Australian judge has granted a newly widowed woman the right to retrieve sperm from her dead husband, although a further court order will be required before it can be used for any purpose.... [Read More]
Bone fragments grow in eyelid of unapproved stem cell procedure patient
7 January 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Bone fragments were removed from the eyelid of a woman after a facelift that used her own stem cells yielded some unexpected results... [Read More]
Court of Human Rights overturns Costa Rica's ban on IVF
7 January 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has overturned a prohibition on IVF in Costa Rica saying that it infringed provisions under the American Convention on Human Rights.... [Read More]
Book Review: Chimera's Children - Ethical, Philosophical and Religious Perspectives on Human-Nonhuman Experimentation
7 January 2013 - by John Brinsley
Mythical ideas of 'chimera', or animals formed or forged of parts derived from various different organisms, have endured throughout history, from Greek folklore and Homer's Iliad through to contemporary science fiction. In fact, organisms arising from human-nonhuman genetic combinations are already with us... [Read More]

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