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CONTENTS Issue #850
Film Review: Future Baby
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Should we extend the 14-day period for cultivating human embryos?
9 May 2016 - by Julian Hitchcock
The advances of Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, the opportunities to undertake valuable medical research and our changed sense of values all demand that we reappraise the 14-day limit... [Read More]
Help us keep developing BioNews
9 May 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
This week has seen a breakthrough in human embryology - a breakthrough whose ethical, social and legal implications sit firmly within the scope of BioNews... [Read More]
Lab in a lunch box
9 May 2016 - by Craig Macpherson
The development of a portable DNA laboratory for professionals and enthusiasts raises questions about how regulations can possibly protect consumers in this rapidly developing field... [Read More]
Five new risk genes unearthed in breast cancer DNA trawl
9 May 2016 - by Dr Hannah Somers
What researchers claim as the largest-ever whole-genome sequencing study in breast cancer has revealed five previously unidentified genes which drive the development of the disease... [Read More]
No benefit from expanding cancer-risk gene test beyond the essentials
9 May 2016 - by Rachel Siden
Adding more genes to existing multi-gene panels that test for breast and ovarian cancer risk offers little clinical benefit, a study says... [Read More]
Human embryos grown in lab for 13 days – longest time ever
9 May 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Scientists from the UK and US have grown human embryos in the lab for 13 days after fertilisation – the longest ever recorded. This is beyond the stage when embryos would normally implant in the womb, but just before the 14-day legal limit in the UK... [Read More]
DNA of Ice Age Europeans revealed
9 May 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
A study of ancient DNA obtained from prehistoric human remains has revealed details about modern humans before farming began, going back to their arrival in Europe around 45,000 years ago... [Read More]
Australian parliamentary committee calls for national surrogacy regulation
9 May 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A federal parliamentary committee in Australia has recommended that commercial surrogacy should remain illegal in the country, but that altruistic surrogacy should be regulated at a national level... [Read More]
IVF: the next generation – first UK baby born after DNA screening technique
9 May 2016 - by James Brooks
The UK's first baby resulting from an embryo that was screened using next-generation DNA sequencing has been born in Oxford... [Read More]
Film Review: Future Baby
9 May 2016 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Austrian documentary film-maker Maria Arlamovsky journeys around the world, investigating the state of reproductive treatment. Her film asks a single question: how far should we go? [Read More]

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