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Why the UK should be leading the discussion on embryo engineering
11 January 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard
Sir Mark Walport, the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, gave the keynote address at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference, where he highlighted the complexity of assessing emerging science and technology, particularly in relation to genome editing... [Read More]
Three-person IVF: What makes mitochondrial donation different?
11 January 2016 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand
We report from the second 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', about the newly legalised process of mitochondrial donation... [Read More]
Surrogacy 'should be treated like a sex crime', says Italian minister
11 January 2016 - by Rebecca Carr
Italy's interior minister, Angelino Alfano, has said that people who use surrogacy should be treated as sex offenders and sent to prison, in the face of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s attempts to grant family rights to same-sex couples... [Read More]
Genome editing treats muscular dystrophy in mice
11 January 2016 - by Jenny Sharpe
Scientists in the USA have shown that the genome-editing technique CRISPR can improve muscle function in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy... [Read More]
CRISPR technique refined to reduce errors
11 January 2016 - by Paul Waldron
Researchers have improved the genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9, reducing errors to nearly undetectable levels, according to a new study... [Read More]
Fertility treatments do not increase risk of developmental delay
11 January 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe
Children conceived using IVF and other fertility treatments are at no greater risk of developmental delays than children conceived naturally, according to a large US study... [Read More]
Surrogate carrying triplets brings lawsuit to prevent being sued for failing to abort
11 January 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
A US woman acting as a surrogate has filed a lawsuit to prevent a claim in damages being brought by the commissioning father after he requested she undergo a selective reduction... [Read More]
UK sperm bank rejects donors with ADHD and dyslexia
11 January 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Britain's largest sperm bank has been turning away potential donors who have dyslexia... [Read More]
Twin study finds that cancer is 33 percent heritable
11 January 2016 - by Dr Lucy Freem
A study involving more than 200,000 Nordic twins has found that cancer is 33 percent heritable... [Read More]
Network of human intelligence genes identified
11 January 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
Scientists from Imperial College London have identified two gene networks that are linked to human intelligence... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Donor Detectives
11 January 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill
The Donor Detectives is an ABC radio documentary about donor-conceived people who have turned to alternative methods in an attempt to identify their biological fathers.... [Read More]

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