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CONTENTS Issue #890
Regulating the donor-conception industry in the US
Book Review: Introducing Epigenetics - A Graphic Guide
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Regulating the donor-conception industry in the US
27 February 2017 - by Wendy Kramer
In the US, the donor-conception industry is largely unregulated, and there is wide variation in egg- and sperm-bank policies and procedures. Problems often arise as a result of lack of consistency around medical testing, health history follow-up, sharing and updating medical information, openness and transparency, and record-keeping and communication... [Read More]
'Later-life' genes activated during stress
27 February 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Researchers have found a set of bodyclock-controlled genes that activate in later life and times of intense stress to protect the body... [Read More]
'Enigma code' of common-cold virus may be deciphered
27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater
Scientists have identified a 'hidden code' of key DNA sequences in a virus from the same family as the common cold... [Read More]
Neanderthal genes control human gene expression
27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater and Ari Haque
Neanderthal DNA is still involved in controlling a range of traits in modern humans... [Read More]
Zika shrinks mice testicles and lowers fertility
27 February 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
The Zika virus reduces the size of testes in infected mice up to 21 days after infection, according to a recent study... [Read More]
Stem cell treatment halts multiple sclerosis for five years
27 February 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
A study has demonstrated that a new, one-off stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis can 'freeze' progression of the disease for five years in some patients... [Read More]
Nottinghamshire CCGs put age restriction on NHS-funded IVF
27 February 2017 - by Georgia Everett
Women over the age of 34 will no longer be entitled to receive IVF funded by the NHS in some areas of Nottinghamshire... [Read More]
Stem cells offer potential treatment for hearing loss
27 February 2017 - by Caroline Casey
Scientists have developed a way of growing thousands of human hair cells – sensors in the inner ear that detect sound – from stem cells... [Read More]
Book Review: Introducing Epigenetics - A Graphic Guide
27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater
'Introducing Epigenetics: A graphic guide' is a mini-textbook pitched as a non-fiction comic book. Despite the colourful cover and perky graphics inside, this book does not make for light reading... [Read More]

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