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CONTENTS Issue #863
COMMENT
Blurred boundaries – the language of DNA
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Theatre Review: Half of Me
Book Review: The House of Hidden Mothers
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Blurred boundaries – the language of DNA
8 August 2016 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey
The general public have appropriated the term DNA to mean much more than just the molecule itself. This may not be a problem most of the time but, in the case of donor eggs and sperm in particular, it's important that people are clear on what genetics and epigenetics really tell us... [Read More]
Women without an appendix or tonsils are more fertile
8 August 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie
Women who have had their appendix or tonsils removed appear more likely to become pregnant and do so sooner, according to a study... [Read More]
Australia's oldest IVF mother has baby at 62
8 August 2016 - by Nina Chohan
A 62-year-old Tasmanian woman has become Australia's oldest mother to conceive using IVF... [Read More]
Australian clinics warned not to offer flat fees to donors
8 August 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Fertility clinics in Australia have been warned not to offer flat fees to egg and sperm donors, reports the Sydney Morning Herald... [Read More]
NIH to lift moratorium on human–animal chimera research
8 August 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The US National Institutes of Health is considering lifting a ban on the funding of research to create human-animal 'chimeras' and replacing it with an ethical review process... [Read More]
Crowd-sourced DNA links depression to 17 genes
8 August 2016 - by Helen Robertson
Scientists have identified 17 genetic variants that appear to be linked to depression in individuals with European ancestry... [Read More]
Gene testing in young patients may uncover 'cancer families'
8 August 2016 - by Amina Yonis
More than half of patients with sarcoma, a rare cancer, have mutations that are known to increase the risk of other types of cancer... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Half of Me
8 August 2016 - by Rachel Siden
Half of Me is a play aimed at a young audience, and tells the story of children born through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)... [Read More]
Book Review: The House of Hidden Mothers
8 August 2016 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Meera Syal explores commercial surrogacy in a story about the mismatches between Indian culture and Indian immigrants and their families in Britain... [Read More]

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