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CONTENTS Issue #802
TV Review: The Olympic Journey - Born Winners
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Is the UK sperm donor shortage a myth?
18 May 2015 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja
For the first time, a British sperm bank has sufficient stocks and donors to begin supplying clinics registered by the HFEA. The move marks a shift in the dynamics of UK sperm donation and would suggest that the perception of any shortage of donor sperm in Britain is no longer true... [Read More]
A TripAdvisor for fertility clinics - would you recommend it?
18 May 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
At this Progress Educational Trust event there was a lively debate about whether and how the HFEA should collect feedback from patients about fertility clinics across the UK and publish it on its website... [Read More]
We need your help - BioNews 800 Appeal
18 May 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
This week, it's the direct approach - we need your donations to the BioNews 800 Appeal urgently... [Read More]
Gene activity changes with the seasons
18 May 2015 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Scientists have shown that there are seasonal changes in how our immune system functions.... [Read More]
Artificial sperm 'grown in lab' for first time
18 May 2015 - by Lubna Ahmed
A French company claims to have grown human sperm cells in a laboratory for the first time.... [Read More]
Genetic signature of sepsis deciphered
18 May 2015 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Researchers have discovered a pattern in 11 genes that could make it quick and easy to diagnose sepsis, a serious life-threatening condition... [Read More]
Microbiome 'fingerprints' could identify individuals
18 May 2015 - by Matthew Thomas
The communities of microbes living in and on the human body – known as the microbiome – differ enough between people that researchers can use them to tell one person from another in a population of hundreds... [Read More]
CRISPR gene-editing patents disputed
18 May 2015 - by Ari Haque
Patents for the gene-editing technology, CRISPR/Cas9, are the subject of a dispute between scientists at University of California, Berkeley and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.... [Read More]
CRISPR reveals new cancer drug targets
11 May 2015 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar & Ayala Ochert
Molecular biologists have used gene-editing technology to identify promising targets for anti-cancer drugs... [Read More]
TV Review: The Olympic Journey - Born Winners
18 May 2015 - by Marco Narajos
'The Olympic Journey: Born Winners' sets out to answer the question 'Are winners born or made?' In the process, it offers a look into the science of what it takes to become a winner and addresses the consequences of genetic testing in the future of the sporting world... [Read More]

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