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CONTENTS Issue #690
Receiving: The Recipient Parent Perspective
New Life for the HFEA
Securing our future
Book Review: Risky Genes - Genetics, Breast Cancer and Jewish Identity
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Receiving: The Recipient Parent Perspective
28 January 2013 - by Cait McDonagh
The second debate in the Progress Educational Trust's project 'When It Takes More Than Two' took place at University College London last week. The debate, 'Receiving: The Recipient Parent Perspective', focused on the views of those who have received donor gametes to begin their families.... [Read More]
New Life for the HFEA
28 January 2013 - by Baroness Ruth Deech
In January the Department of Health published its response to the consultation on proposals to transfer the functions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority to the Care Quality Commission and the new Health Research Authority... [Read More]
Securing our future
28 January 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
Last Thursday at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) debate Receiving: The Recipient Parent Perspective, I joked that I didn't know who had the most secure job - Juliet Tizzard, who is Head of Policy and Communications at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), or me.... [Read More]
DNA turned into digital data storage
28 January 2013 - by Daryl Ramai
Digital information can be reliably stored in DNA, say scientists... [Read More]
Quadruple DNA helix found in human cells
28 January 2013 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud
Scientists have for the first time shown the existence of a new structural form of DNA, called G-quadruplex DNA, in human cells.... [Read More]
Ireland: Can surrogate mother be removed from birth certificate?
28 January 2013 - by Nina Chohan
An Irish couple has brought a legal challenge against the State for refusing to remove the surrogate mother from their children's birth certificates and to register the genetic mother as a legal parent... [Read More]
Immune cells made resistant to HIV
28 January 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
Altering the genetic makeup of immune cells could provide them with resistance to HIV... [Read More]
Genetics of common brain cancer revealed by two studies
28 January 2013 - by Reuben Harwood
Nearly all cases of meningioma – the commonest kind of brain tumour – can be traced back to a fault in one of just five genes, scientists say... [Read More]
Human kidney tissue successfully grown from stem cells
28 January 2013 - by Michelle Downes
In what is thought to be a first, stem cells have been used to generate human kidney tissue... [Read More]
UK fertility and human tissue regulators spared axe
28 January 2013 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and Human Tissue Authority (HTA) have been spared the 'bonfire of the quangos' it was announced on Friday, but will be subject to an independent review to improve efficiency... [Read More]
Book Review: Risky Genes - Genetics, Breast Cancer and Jewish Identity
28 January 2013 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Forty years ago I began to realise that the most interesting work in medicine lay at the interface of different specialties. Researchers who straddle such boundaries gain important insights but the experience can be daunting... [Read More]

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