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CONTENTS Issue #826
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Can donor egg recipients 'pass on DNA' to their children?
2 November 2015 - by Dr Jess Buxton
A recent study suggests that embryonic gene activity may be altered by factors present in the womb even before implantation. This finding triggered a somewhat misleading newspaper article entitled 'Infertile mums "pass on DNA"', which claimed the research means recipients of donor eggs are passing on their own DNA to their child. This isn't the case... [Read More]
Will organs from GM pigs save our bacon?
2 November 2015 - by Anna Smajdor and Guy Hardwick
The new gene-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 could remove one of the toughest barriers to the transplantation of pig organs to humans. And it has been suggested that the production of genetically modified (GM) pig organs could end the anguish of those waiting for suitable donors. But is it really a panacea? [Read More]
UK mitochondrial donation regulations introduced
2 November 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe
Regulations that came into force this week will enable the UK to be the first country in the world to allow the use of mitochondrial donation techniques during IVF... [Read More]
US approves modified-virus cancer treatment
2 November 2015 - by Arit Udoh
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug derived from a genetically modified herpes virus for the treatment of melanoma that cannot be removed by surgery... [Read More]
Man fails paternity test due to passing on unborn twin's DNA
2 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson
A man discovered he was not the genetic father of his child, due to a rare form of chimerism that means some of his cells carry a genome belonging to an unborn twin who died in the womb... [Read More]
Gene-targeted ovarian cancer drug also treats prostate cancer
2 November 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie
A drug that targets genetic mutations in ovarian cancer has been found to work in men with prostate cancer with similar mutations, according to a new study... [Read More]
Egg donors to challenge US payment rules in court
2 November 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck
Egg donors are suing the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology in a class-action lawsuit for setting a 'price cap' on compensation to egg donors... [Read More]
'Worrying' trend in NHS IVF provision
2 November 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
The number of CCGs in England offering the recommended number of IVF cycles to its patients is falling, with two CCGs in Essex decommissioning their assisted conception services altogether... [Read More]
US judge throws out donor misrepresentation case
2 November 2015 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A judge in Atlanta, USA, has thrown out a case brought against a sperm bank for misrepresenting the medical and social history of a donor... [Read More]
Radio Review: Peter Snow Returns to the Future
2 November 2015 - by Klaus Mitchell
How will the human race evolve over the next few hundred years? This is an interesting question that divides opinion among biologists. One such scientist, Professor Steve Jones, the famed British geneticist, recently discussed this topic with presenter Peter Snow on BBC Radio 4... [Read More]

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