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CONTENTS Issue #688
Event Review: Masterpieces of Epigenetics - The Missing Link between Nature and Nurture
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An unfortunate step backward for donor conception in Canada
14 January 2013 - by Dr Juliet Guichon and Dr Vardit Ravitsky
People conceived by donor gametes in Canada do not have a right to access their progenitors' medical records or identities. To change this reality, Olivia Pratten brought litigation in October 2008 against the government of British Columbia, where she was donor-conceived about 30 years ago... [Read More]
'Just' giving: PET's evening debate on gamete donation from the donor perspective
14 January 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The image of the sperm donor nipping off between lectures to casually donate for a few quid of beer money was neatly set aside by this thought-provoking debate. In his place, in strode the complex male – knowledgeable, thoughtful, sensitive… and probably over 25... [Read More]
The fiscal cliff
14 January 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
The fiscal cliff featured prominently in the news over Christmas and the New Year. At first I thought that is was some PR story and that Cliff Richard had been rebranded and 'Mistletoe and Wine' would be reissued with the latest X Factor winner... [Read More]
Genetic test for asthma may improve treatment
14 January 2013 - by Dr Sarah Spain
Testing children with asthma for a variant in the beta-2 receptor gene may help clinicians determine the most suitable medication, especially in children who respond poorly to standard treatment... [Read More]
US Supreme Court: Challenge to expand stem cell funding rejected
14 January 2013 - by Sarah Pritchard
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a final appeal seeking to challenge the legality of using public money to fund embryonic stem cell (hESC) research... [Read More]
Every 15 cigarettes smoked causes a genetic mutation, says Department of Health
14 January 2013 - by Emma Stoye
The Department of Health has launched an advertisement campaign aiming to highlight the unseen damage caused by smoking... [Read More]
Genes affect weight gain from fatty diets
14 January 2013 - by Ruth Retassie
Genes play a role in weight gain resulting from diets high in fat and sugar content, say scientists... [Read More]
Non-invasive prenatal test as good as invasive methods, say scientists
14 January 2013 - by Dr Daniel Grimes
US biotech company Verinata Health has reported sequencing fetal DNA taken from pregnant women's blood to test for genetic abnormalities... [Read More]
Epilepsy and migraine may be genetically linked
14 January 2013 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Scientists find those with epilepsy who have a strong family history of the disorder are also more likely to have migraines... [Read More]
Safety of stem cells supported by mouse study
14 January 2013 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Tissue derived from induced pluripotent stem cells causes 'limited or no immune response' in mice, a study published in Nature has found... [Read More]
Event Review: Masterpieces of Epigenetics - The Missing Link between Nature and Nurture
14 January 2013 - by James Lush
'Beautiful science' was how Dr Nessa Carey described epigenetics at the Biochemical Society Annual Symposium Public Lecture, held at the University of Leeds... [Read More]

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