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CONTENTS Issue #900
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Welcome to BioNews by email, published by the Progress Educational Trust, providing you with news, comment and reviews on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. 

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Donor children do not benefit from being told about their conception
15 May 2017 - by Professor Guido Pennings
For some years now, counsellors and psychologists have been spreading the message that it's in the best interest of children to know if they are donor conceived. However, my recent literature review has shown that there is in fact very little empirical evidence to support this position... [Read More]
A strong and stable BioNews, or a coalition of chaos?
15 May 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
BioNews is publishing its 900th edition today... [Read More]
Walking on eggshells? The morally complex practice of egg sharing
15 May 2017 - by Dr Nicky Hudson
BioNews recently reported on the Daily Mail investigation of a so-called 'cash for eggs' scandal which suggested women on low incomes are induced to provide eggs for use in the fertility treatment of others. The coverage, which prompting swift responses from the field, may shock some readers... [Read More]
Low oxygen reverses mitochondrial disease in mice
15 May 2017 - by Dr Julia Hill
Breathing air containing about half the usual percentage of oxygen can reverse mitochondrial disease in mice... [Read More]
First womb transplants in India set to proceed under different approvals
15 May 2017 - by Georgia Everett
A hospital in India is preparing this week to conduct the country’s first ever womb transplant... [Read More]
First scans from baby brain project released
15 May 2017 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
The first batch of baby brain scans was released last week by a landmark UK project to map how the human brain develops in unprecedented detail... [Read More]
Large bank of human stem cell lines made in Europe
15 May 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
One of the world's largest sets of human stem cell lines from healthy people was unveiled last week... [Read More]
Tennessee recognises lesbian woman as 'husband' in sperm donor baby dispute
15 May 2017 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
A judge in Knox County, Tennessee, has granted a divorced woman the same legal rights as a husband over a child conceived through donor insemination... [Read More]
Mutations associated with cancer found in endometriosis
15 May 2017 - by Isobel Steer
Cancer-related mutations have been found in tissue taken from patients with deep endometriosis... [Read More]
New mechanisms causing greying hair and baldness uncovered
15 May 2017 - by Annabel Slater
Scientists have shown how a gene and protein cause greying and hair loss in mice... [Read More]
Book Review: Experiments in Democracy - Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics
15 May 2017 - by Rachel Siden
Experiments in Democracy recounts the history of human embryo research debates in the United States while exploring how the democratic formulation of policy is impacted by complex relationships between science, bioethics, and the public... [Read More]
Book Review: Without a Doubt - An Irish Couple's Journey Through IVF, Adoption and Surrogacy
15 May 2017 - by Fiona Duffy
When I was first asked to review this book, written by Fiona Whyte and Sean Malone, I can’t say that I was full of enthusiasm at the prospect. I had seen the television documentary, heard some of the radio interviews and the ensuing long discussions concerning the thorny issues raised by the authors... [Read More]

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