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CONTENTS Issue #844
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Retrospective removal of donor anonymity: respectful, fair, grateful and moral? An evidence-based argument
21 March 2016 - by Professor Eric Blyth and Dr Marilyn Crawshaw
The Government of Victoria should be applauded for confronting a dilemma that so many others have avoided... [Read More]
Reply to the signatories of the COGEN Consensus Statement
21 March 2016 - by Heidi Mertes, Sjoerd Repping & Guido de Wert
The cosignatories of the COGEN consensus statement attempt to refute our remarks and concerns about the increased use of preimplantation genetic screening by presenting the same low-level 'evidence' they continuously use to advocate the widespread adoption of PGS... [Read More]
Research finds sperm's 'on' switch
21 March 2016 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Researchers have discovered a receptor on the cell membrane of sperm that is vital for their activation... [Read More]
Scientists create stem cells with half a genome
21 March 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill
Scientists have created human stem cells with 23 chromosomes instead of 46, the normal number in a complete genome contained in almost all cells... [Read More]
DNA blood test could detect multiple diseases
21 March 2016 - by Dr Hannah Somers
Scientists say they have been able to detect multiple diseases, including pancreatic cancer, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, by analysing fragments of DNA in the bloodstream... [Read More]
DNA testing has 'no impact on lifestyle choices'
21 March 2016 - by Ryan Ross
A recent study has suggested that genetic tests to assess the risk of diseases like diabetes and lung cancer do little to motivate people to change their behaviour... [Read More]
Woman receives transplanted ovary frozen aged eight
21 March 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A 23-year-old woman may soon become become pregnant after receiving an implant of an ovary that had been frozen since she was eight years old... [Read More]
Animations help the public to understand genomics
21 March 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
Genomics England has created a series of animations to help the public understand more about what genomics means and how it may affect them in the future... [Read More]
Book Review: Katherine Carlyle
21 March 2016 - by Amy Reed
Rupert Thomson's beautiful and powerful writing rests on a flimsy plot about a woman's journey from frozen embryo to lost adult... [Read More]
Event Review: My Cancer, My DNA - can genomics change the way we treat cancer?
21 March 2016 - by Dr Helen Robertson
'Personalised medicine' is a term that's being increasingly used to describe the future of cancer treatment. But are we ready for the genomics revolution that comes with it?... [Read More]

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