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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]
Anonymity for sperm donors under threat
26 July 1999 - by BioNews
Health ministers are looking at ways of giving children born as a result of donated gametes the legal right to track down their biological parents. The government has confirmed that it will publish a consultation paper in the autumn on what information should be given to children born of sperm... [Read More]
Blastocyst stage embryos improves IVF success rate
2 August 1999 - by BioNews
Culturing embryos to the blastocyst stage during in vitro fertilisation (IVF) increases the likelihood of pregnancy in patients for whom standard IVF has failed, according to a paper published in the August issue of Fertility and Sterility. Dr Jose R Cruz and colleagues at The George Washington Medical Center in... [Read More]
Cardiovascular diseases may be treatable with gene transfer
17 January 2000 - by BioNews
Vascular gene transfer may offer new treatments for cardiovascular diseases. A group of researchers, led by Professor John Martin of University College London, with funding from the European Union, has identified and is developing a gene that could prevent atherosclerosis, ischaemia and other vascular conditions. The group has been working... [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]
Challenges to UK fertility treatment rules predicted
21 February 2000 - by BioNews
A spate of legal challenges by those previously denied fertility treatment in the UK may follow the introduction of new human rights legislation this autumn, says Ruth Deech, chairwoman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The new act, which comes into effect from October, incorporates the European Convention... [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]
Clever mice
6 September 1999 - by BioNews
Changing a single gene is enough to improve learning and memory, US scientists report in the journal Nature. Neurobiologist Joe Tsien, in collaboration with researchers at MIT and Washington University, found that adding a single gene to mice significantly boosted the animals' ability to solve maze tasks, learn from objects... [Read More]
Decoding chromosome 22
6 December 1999 - by BioNews
An international team of researchers has passed a scientific milestone by deciphering, for the first time, the complete genetic code of a human chromosome. Reporting in last week's Nature, researchers from the Wellcome Trust funded Sanger Centre in Cambridge, Keio University in Japan and various US laboratories announced their success... [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]
Down syndrome mouse created
21 February 2000 - by BioNews
US scientists have created the first mouse model of Down syndrome (DS), a condition that affects one in 700 human babies. People with DS have an extra copy of human chromosome 21, and the mice have three copies of the corresponding mouse chromosome regions. The researchers, speaking at the American... [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]
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]
Experts demand cut in multiple births
8 November 1999 - by BioNews
Babies born as a result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are more at risk of complications, although this is not attributable to the technology itself, according to a Swedish study published in the Lancet last week. The increased risk of complications in IVF babies is due to the 25 times... [Read More]
First baby for mum born of IVF
26 July 1999 - by BioNews
Medical history was made when one of Britain's first babies born as a result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) gave birth to a healthy baby in May after becoming probably the first IVF girl to conceive naturally. Natalie Brown, 17, is the sister of Louise Brown who became the world's... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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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...

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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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