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Genomic natives? Young people clued up about whole genome sequencing
29 September 2014 - by BioNews
Young people are surprisingly well-informed about the basics of genetics and thoughtful about the kind of information they'd like to receive from genome studies, results from a international survey suggest... [Read More]
Update to article: Fertility expert condemns 'outrageous' IVF cell cycle patent
3 June 2013 - by BioNews
A patent over a method for assessing cell-cycle data that can be used in IVF treatments to predict an embryo's future viability will make IVF treatments in the USA prohibitively expensive, a leading embryologist has said... [Read More]
Rare Disease Day 2009 hailed a success
2 March 2009 - by BioNews
Rare Disease UK ( and the Genetic Interest Group ( are organising activities around International Rare Disease Day on 28th February 2009, including three parliamentary receptions to raise the profile of rare diseases and to campaign for the development of a National Plan. A... [Read More]
France and Germany urge international cloning ban
13 August 2001 - by BioNews
The United Nations (UN) has come under pressure to ban reproductive cloning, after the French and German governments wrote to secretary general, Kofi Annan. The two countries have also circulated a draft resolution proposing a committee to draft the ban. The UN general assembly is due to meet in September... [Read More]
Reproductive cloning trial may start in November
6 August 2001 - by BioNews
Maverick gynaecologist, Severino Antinori, has told a British Sunday newspaper that he plans to start human reproductive cloning trials later this year. According to the report in the Sunday Times, eight British women and their partners have volunteered to take part in the trial. Antinori says he has a total... [Read More]
Scientists turn back cellular clock
26 February 2001 - by BioNews
Researchers at biotech firm PPL Therapeutics have managed to convert skin cells back into stem cells - the body's master cells, capable of growing into a wide range of tissues - and then into working heart cells. The experiments were carried out using cow cells grown in the laboratory, but PPL's UK... [Read More]
Dispute over human genome data
19 February 2001 - by BioNews
The publication of the first draft of the human genome sequence has been clouded by the ongoing dispute over data access. The disagreements between the public consortium and biotech firm Celera Genomics led to the publication of two different versions of the genome in rival journals, Science and Nature, last... [Read More]
Embryo stem cell research gets go-ahead
29 January 2001 - by BioNews
The UK's House of Lords has approved proposals that will allow scientists aiming to develop new disease treatments to carry out research on early human embryo cells. The upper house of parliament approved the changes to the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act by 212 votes to 92, a larger... [Read More]
Animal testing firm escapes closure
22 January 2001 - by BioNews
UK firm Huntingdon Life Sciences was saved from bankruptcy last week, after US investors stepped in with a rescue package for the beleaguered animal research company. Following a year of campaigning by animal rights protestors, HLS was on the brink of closure after the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) withdrew... [Read More]
Church of England backs embryo research
4 December 2000 - by BioNews
A briefing paper for the Church of England's Board for Social Responsibility describes the use of cloned early embryo cells for research into disease treatments as 'morally acceptable', according to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. The paper was written by Canon Dr John Polkinghorne, chair of the board's science and medical... [Read More]
UK parents call for right to select donor siblings
9 October 2000 - by BioNews
Following the birth of Adam Nash in the US last week, several couples have approached UK fertility clinics to request embryo screening tests that would allow them to conceive babies that may save the lives of their older children. Jack and Lisa Nash used preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to ensure... [Read More]
US universities forge deals with genetics company
24 July 2000 - by BioNews
Three more US universities have signed up for access to Celera Genomic's gene databases, announced the US company last week. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University join Harvard and Vanderbilt University as academic subscribers to Celera's version of the human genome... [Read More]
Gene targeting used in sheep clones
3 July 2000 - by BioNews
Scientists at PPL Therapeutics have used gene targeting to produce cloned sheep with a precise genetic alteration. The UK biotech firm, which is the commercial offshoot of the institute that cloned Dolly the sheep, published their results in last week's Nature. Gene targeting allows researchers to add, replace or remove... [Read More]
Possible publication deal between genome rivals
19 June 2000 - by BioNews
The public and private groups sequencing the human genome may agree to publish their data at the same time, if negotiations currently underway are successful. But issues over access to the published data, publishing dates and credits remain, according to reports in the US media last week. The Los Angeles... [Read More]
Gene therapy trials to cease at US institute
30 May 2000 - by BioNews
The Institute for Human Gene Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania will no longer conduct gene therapy trials on patients, officials announced at a news conference last week. Dr Judith Rodin, president of the university, said it will also strengthen oversight of gene therapy research and other clinical trials, and... [Read More]
New European panel to promote bioscience
8 May 2000 - by BioNews
The European Commission has set up a panel of 11 prominent biologists to advise it on the scientific aspects of public controversies sparked by advances in bioscience and biotechnology, reports Nature. The 'Biosciences High Level Group' (BHLG) was set up by research commissioner Philippe Buskin to complement the existing advisory... [Read More]
European call for ban on human gene patents
25 April 2000 - by BioNews
Two European politicians have launched an initiative calling for an end to the patenting of human genes, a news article in Nature reports. Called SOS Human Genome, the campaign is seeking a moratorium on implementing the European Commission's directive on biotech patents, originally issued two years ago. German MP Wolfgang... [Read More]
New German bioethics inquiry panel
17 April 2000 - by BioNews
The German parliament is to set up a new inquiry panel to look at the ethical and legal aspects of biomedicine, according to a news report in last weeks Nature. It will consider the issues surrounding areas in which recent scientific developments have exposed a lack of appropriate legislation, for... [Read More]
Celera claims human genome success
10 April 2000 - by BioNews
US firm Celera Genomics claimed last week that it has finished sequencing 99 per cent of the human genome, and is now putting the information together in a meaningful order. The announcement follows a statement last week from the publicly-funded Human Genome Project, which aims to publish a rough draft... [Read More]
Therapeutic cloning may soon be legal in UK
13 March 2000 - by BioNews
A UK government panel is expected to give therapeutic cloning research the go-ahead when it publishes its findings in May, according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper. The panel, headed by the government's chief medical officer Liam Donaldson, was asked to investigate the scientific, ethical and legal issues... [Read More]
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FILM: Whose Genome Is It Anyway? Big Data and Your DNA
11 February 2019 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'Whose Genome Is It Anyway? Big Data and Your DNA', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
FILM: How Do We Make Genomics Everybody's Business?
19 November 2018 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'How Do We Make Genomics Everybody's Business?', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
FILM: With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility
6 August 2018 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
FILM: Dr Roger Highfield in conversation with Baroness Mary Warnock
9 July 2018 - by BioNews
Baroness Mary Warnock, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust, discusses how she and her colleagues built the foundations of today's IVF and embryo research regulation... [Read More]
FILM: Life after Death - A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children
13 November 2017 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust/University of Sheffield event which marked 20 years since widow Diane Blood won the legal right to conceive a child using the sperm of her deceased husband... [Read More]
FILM: What Does Consent Mean for Generation Genome?
23 October 2017 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'What Does Consent Mean for Generation Genome?', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
FILM: What Next for Genomics?
31 July 2017 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'What Next for Genomics? Providing Answers, Changing Lives, Transforming the NHS', which launched the Chief Medical Officer's report Generation Genome... [Read More]
The fertility sector has a problem when it comes to IVF add-ons
24 July 2017 - by BioNews
The fourth in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
What counts as evidence when it comes to fertility treatment?
3 July 2017 - by BioNews
The third in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
Responsible innovation and IVF add-ons - it's time for the fertility sector to step up
26 June 2017 - by BioNews
The second in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
The fertility sector should lead the debate on IVF add-ons
19 June 2017 - by BioNews
The first in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
Should we be using CRISPR/Cas9 to experiment on human embryos?
22 February 2016 - by BioNews
This video documents a debate about genome editing, produced by the Progress Educational Trust as part of the Festival of Genomics... [Read More]
Eight questions for Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe
5 May 2015 - by BioNews
For the 800th issue of BioNews, we asked Anne Wojcicki eight questions about personal genomics company 23andMe...

NICE Try...But Is Anyone Listening?
14 May 2013 - by BioNews
A full audio recording of last month's Progress Educational Trust debate at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists... [Read More]
Tributes to Professor Sir Robert Edwards
22 April 2013 - by BioNews
Tributes to the recently deceased IVF pioneer Professor Sir Robert Edwards continue to pour in from across the globe... [Read More]
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