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TV Review: The Baby Makers
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Thinking caps on!
21 January 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
The office from which we at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) publish BioNews does not have central heating. It's therefore unsurprising, perhaps, that conversation in the office this icy morning moved quickly from bioethics and the contents of today's edition of BioNews to thermal long johns and how best to keep warm.... [Read More]
Donor conception in the UK: the seldom-heard voices of minority ethnic communities
21 January 2013 - by Nicky Hudson and Lorraine Culley
When we set out over ten years ago to carry out research about infertility within British South Asian communities, little was known about how involuntary childlessness and its possible resolution with assisted conception was experienced by members of minority ethnic communities in the UK... [Read More]
Twenty-five genetic variants for autism discovered
21 January 2013 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
Rare genetic variants may have a significant impact on a person's risk of developing autism, research suggests... [Read More]
Leadership influenced by genetics, claim scientists
21 January 2013 - by George Frodsham
Some really are born leaders; according to a new study, the likelihood of occupying a leadership role is affected by your genes... [Read More]
IVF increases risk of blood clots during pregnancy, say scientists
21 January 2013 - by Cathy Holding
Women who conceive using IVF are at a higher risk of lethal blood clots during pregnancy compared to women who conceive naturally... [Read More]
Women with a family history of breast cancer should take preventative drugs, says NICE
21 January 2013 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Women at high risk of developing breast cancer should be offered preventative drugs, suggests the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in updated guidelines... [Read More]
Leprosy spreads by turning adult cells into stem cells
21 January 2013 - by Dr Nicola Davis
The bacteria that cause leprosy appear able to perform an unlikely manoeuvre that scientists are calling 'biological alchemy' - they can infect specialised nervous system cells and change them into stem cells... [Read More]
Privacy risk: researchers identify 'anonymous' DNA donors
21 January 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
A US team of researchers has shown it is possible to link whole genome sequence data to a specific person, using only publicly available information.... [Read More]
India limits surrogacy visas to married couples
21 January 2013 - by Nishat Hyder
The Indian Home Ministry has issued strict visa guidelines making it more difficult for commissioning parents to obtain visas for entry to India for surrogacy arrangements... [Read More]
Divorcee must support donor-conceived children born during marriage
21 January 2013 - by Cait McDonagh
A man has been ordered to pay child support to his ex-wife for two children conceived through a sperm donor and born during the marriage.... [Read More]
TV Review: The Baby Makers
21 January 2013 - by Mark Johnson
The BBC's hour-long documentary 'The Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic' followed the ups and downs of both patients and staff at one of Britain's largest fertility centres - the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool... [Read More]

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