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CONTENTS Issue #832
Direct-to-consumer genetic tests – more than just a question of health
Acting naturally
Book Review: Archie Nolan – Family Detective
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Direct-to-consumer genetic tests – more than just a question of health
14 December 2015 - by Andelka M. Phillips
There is now a huge range of direct-to-consumer genetic tests on the market, but the public ought to be wary of what exactly they are agreeing to when they sign up for these services... [Read More]
Acting naturally
14 December 2015 - by Tom Shakespeare
Our ideas about the concept of 'naturalness' are shaped by ideology, religion, culture or just squeamishness. As part of its current project to explore this subject, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics recently brought together a clutch of poets, a social scientist, a theologian and a public engagement specialist on a stage in East London... [Read More]
Dogs born through IVF for the first time
14 December 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie
A litter of puppies has been born through IVF for the first time, reports a study that has implications not only for veterinary medicine but also for human genetic research... [Read More]
Infertile men at increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes
14 December 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Men who have been diagnosed with infertility have a higher risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as other general health problems, including alcohol abuse and drug abuse... [Read More]
Role of 'pain-free' gene explained
14 December 2015 - by Jessica Richardson
Scientists have discovered why people with a rare genetic mutation are unable to feel pain – a finding that could lead to treatments for chronic pain conditions... [Read More]
Gene therapy shows promise at treating immunodeficiency
14 December 2015 - by Dr James Heather
Two patients enrolled in a clinical trial of a gene therapy to treat severe congenital immunodeficiency have shown signs of substantial improvement in their condition... [Read More]
Chief Scientific Adviser urges UK to lead the way on human genome editing
14 December 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck
The UK Government's Chief Scientific Adviser has made his first public statement on human genome editing. Speaking at the PET annual conference, Professor Sir Mark Walport said that the UK should lead the way in debating genome editing of human embryos... [Read More]
Costa Rica tries to legalise IVF
14 December 2015 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Almost three years after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that Costa Rica's ban on IVF was unlawful, the Costa Rican Government has attempted to legalise the fertility procedure – only for the measure to be suspended by the country's Supreme Court... [Read More]
Book Review: Archie Nolan – Family Detective
14 December 2015 - by Susan Tranfield-Thomas
'Is nowhere a donor-conception free zone?' asks the eponymous hero, 11-year-old Archie Nolan, as his quest to establish the meaning of 'family' in the context of donor conception leads him to ask more and more questions about origins, genetics and the intricacies of relationships in 21st century Britain... [Read More]

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