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CONTENTS Issue #809
COMMENT
When sperm banking went crackers
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Radio Review: Banking on Birmingham - the National Sperm Bank
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When sperm banking went crackers
6 July 2015 - by Professor Allan Pacey
When I was first telephoned by a journalist to ask what I thought about the proposal that the NHS should pay for the sperm banking of every 18-year-old male in order to guard against reproductive ageing, I said just one word: 'Crackers!'... [Read More]
France to recognise surrogate children
6 July 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
One of France's highest courts ruled on Friday that children born to surrogates abroad have the right to have their births and citizenship recognised by the state... [Read More]
US Congress moves to block embryo editing
6 July 2015 - by Cait McDonagh
The US Congress has released a bill that would prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from spending any money in relation to projects that involve editing the human genome... [Read More]
Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis shows promise
6 July 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A new gene therapy technique for treating cystic fibrosis has shown potential in a new study... [Read More]
Switzerland votes for PGD
6 July 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
In a national referendum, a majority of Swiss voters have supported allowing preimplantation genetic diagnosis to screen for genetic diseases... [Read More]
Increased genetic diversity has led to taller, more intelligent population
6 July 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe
A large-scale review of genetic data from a number of different studies has suggested that diverse parental genes can lead to offspring who are taller and have increased cognitive ability... [Read More]
Victoria to consider retrospectively lifting donor anonymity
6 July 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
The Australian state of Victoria has revealed plans to extend rules removing donor anonymity to allow all donor-conceived people access to identifying information about their sperm or egg donor, irrespective of the donor's consent or when they donated... [Read More]
New, single-gene form of obesity and diabetes identified
6 July 2015 - by Paul Waldron
A new form of obesity and type 2 diabetes that is caused by a mutation in a single gene has been discovered... [Read More]
Radio Review: Banking on Birmingham - the National Sperm Bank
6 July 2015 - by Ceri Durham
Banking on Birmingham: the National Sperm Bank was a half-hour documentary on BBC Radio 4 that looked at the opening of a new national British sperm bank in Birmingham... [Read More]

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