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CONTENTS Issue #833
What is the germline?
The ethics of changing the 14-day rule
Event Review: The Francis Crick Prize Lecture 2015
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What is the germline?
21 December 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
We report from the first session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: the Science and the Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', in which Professor Azim Surani discussed the germline... [Read More]
The ethics of changing the 14-day rule
21 December 2015 - by Wendy Suffield
At PET's recent conference, Professor Azim Surani claimed that permission to carry out experiments on embryos beyond the 14-day rule could make a huge difference to research. It may be time to review the ethical reasoning behind this time limit... [Read More]
Two US surrogates carrying triplets refuse abortion demands
21 December 2015 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
Two surrogates in the USA carrying triplets are coming under pressure from the intended parents to abort one of their fetuses... [Read More]
Passive smoking linked to increase risk of infertility
21 December 2015 - by Rikita Patel
Women exposed to high levels of passive smoking have an increased risk of experiencing infertility, according to research... [Read More]
Five new genetic regions linked to long life in humans
21 December 2015 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
Scientists have identified five genetic loci associated with extreme longevity... [Read More]
Former fertility test underestimated egg reserve by 68 percent
21 December 2015 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
An Australian study has found that a popular fertility test, available until 2013, significantly underestimated egg reserves... [Read More]
'Suicide gene therapy' for prostate cancer shows promise
21 December 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck
A treatment for prostate cancer, combining radiotherapy and a new type of gene therapy, is both safe and effective, a study has found... [Read More]
High Court rejects sperm donor's application for direct contact
21 December 2015 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The High Court has refused a man's application for direct contact with a child born to a same-sex couple using his sperm... [Read More]
Mexico bans surrogacy for gay couples and foreigners
21 December 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
The legislature in the Mexican state of Tabasco has voted to prevent foreign couples and gay men from having children via surrogacy... [Read More]
Event Review: The Francis Crick Prize Lecture 2015
21 December 2015 - by Isobel Steer
If you'd like to learn more about epigenetics, or just watch a masterly science presenter at work, look to 2015 Francis Crick Prize winner Professor Rob Klose... [Read More]

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