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Commercialized Conception Casualties: "Brave" Baby Making?by Mirah RibenHuffington PostDecember 22nd, 2014Hiring surrogates and purchasing sperm, eggs, or others' leftover frozen embryos, have become accepted as choices on a menu of options.
Commercial DNA Testing May Cause Harm, Scientific Studies Show (If You Read Through to the Study Limitations at the End)by Cecile JanssensHuffington PostDecember 22nd, 2014After the FDA urged 23andMe to stop the marketing of its personal genome test in the US, the world's largest direct-to-consumer genetics company relaunched the test in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Breaking: New FDA Draft Guidance Views Fat Stem Cells As Drugsby Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogDecember 22nd, 2014With a new document released, the FDA is more clearly on a path to regulate dubious stem cell clinics in the US.
The Hidden Costs of International Surrogacyby Darlena CunhaThe AtlanticDecember 22nd, 2014Overseas options look cheaper on paper, but they don't account for fraud, travel costs, and legal headaches that inevitably arise.
Scientist Who Had Claimed Stem Cell Breakthrough Resigns From Japanese Research Instituteby Martin FacklerThe New York TimesDecember 19th, 2014A government-backed research institute accepted the resignation of one of its highest-profile scientists after she failed to replicate earlier stem cell research results.
Private Hospitals Carrying Out Illegal Gender SelectionSaudi GazetteDecember 18th, 2014Private Saudi hospitals are providing preconception sex selection procedures. Many wives fear their husbands will replace them if they do not conceive a boy.
Still No Stem Cells Via Easy 'STAP' Pathby David CyranoskiNatureDecember 18th, 2014The Japanese stem-cell biologist whose papers caused a sensation earlier this year before being retracted has failed to replicate the controversial experiments.
Cell Free DNA Screening is not a Simple Blood TestSociety for Maternal Fetal MedicineDecember 18th, 2014By its very nature, a screening test does not tell with 100% certainty whether or not a fetus will be affected by a given disorder.
European Court Opens Door for Stem Cell PatentingGenetic Engineering & Biotechnology NewsDecember 18th, 2014The European Court of Justice ruled that human embryonic stem cell patents could be allowed if organisms can't develop into human being.
How Exercise Changes Our DNAby Gretchen ReynoldsThe New York TimesDecember 17th, 2014The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body.
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