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Involuntary childlessness: extending fertility treatment to single people and same-sex couples
14 November 2016 - by Professor Geeta Nargund
The World Health Organisation is considering a change to its definition of infertility to include single people and same-sex couples, but there may be a simpler, more common-sense way forward... [Read More]
Therapeutic editing of the human genome – Jewish bioethical perspectives
14 November 2016 - by Dr Avi Lerner
Jewish bioethics may help to broaden the discussion of the ethical concerns that emerge from editing the human genome... [Read More]
Functional human eggs made from discarded genetic material
14 November 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe
US researchers have created functional eggs using DNA from small cells that normally form as waste products during egg development... [Read More]
Second team corrects sickle-cell mutation using CRISPR
14 November 2016 - by Sarah Gregory
Researchers have had further success using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technique to repair the mutation that causes sickle-cell anaemia... [Read More]
Lower mitochondria gene activity in brains with Alzheimer's disease
14 November 2016 - by Annabel Slater
Brain tissue from Alzheimer's disease patients shows reduced expression of nuclear genes coding for mitochondrial function... [Read More]
Liquorice could lower female fertility
14 November 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
A compound found in liquorice can have adverse effects on follicle growth and sex hormone production in mouse ovaries... [Read More]
High Court in Ireland to hear 'unique' surrogacy case
14 November 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Irish High Court will hear a case in January to determine the legal status of a child born through an international surrogacy arrangement to whom the intended parents have no genetic connection... [Read More]
Neanderthal genes are being purged from our DNA
14 November 2016 - by Matthew Thomas
The process of natural selection has removed the majority of Neanderthal DNA from the modern human genome, leaving behind a handful of beneficial genes, two recent studies have suggested... [Read More]
Surrogate families made to hand over babies in car parks
14 November 2016 - by Lucas Taylor
Some hospitals in the UK are reportedly asking surrogates to leave NHS grounds before handing babies over to their intended parents... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Life Scientific – Ian Wilmut on Dolly the Sheep
14 November 2016 - by Jenny Sharpe
Dolly the sheep was undoubtedly the world's most famous sheep – but how did she come to be, and what did she mean to her creator, Professor Sir Ian Wilmut?... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Ethics and Genetics – Opening the Book of Life
14 November 2016 - by Rachel Siden
This podcast from the Guardian's Science Weekly series is a good introduction to the ethical questions surrounding genetic technologies... [Read More]

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