Abortion restriction in USA

The United States House of Representatives has approved a bill which would restrict access to abortion across the country past 20 weeks of gestation. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), presented by Republican Trent Franks from Arizona, would put an end to...
Posted On 01 Jan 2014
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Non-invasive techniques to determine the genetic structure of embryos

Preimplantational genetic diagnosis is a widely used technique, employed in the selection of embryos that are free of a heredity or genetic disease and to determine the quality of embryos produced by in vitro fertilisation techniques which are then selected for their subsequent...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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Formation of liver tissue from iPS cells

In an article recently published in Nature (http: //dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12271, 2013), a Japanese team of researchers described how they were able to produce small quantities of liver tissue that showed good vascularisation, that is, liver tissue that was quite similar to...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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DNA is not the only factor that influences personality of genetically identical gametes

Further evidence has been found which shows that the environment and life experiences, and not only DNA, can contribute to the development of the human personality. In other words, genetics doesn’t account for everything.  This was shown by a paper published in Science...
Posted On 17 Nov 2013
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iPS cells : have them the same characteristics of embryonic stem cells?

A concern raised some time ago is to determine whether the iPS cells produced from adult somatic cells have the specific characteristics of embryonic stem cells. If so, iPS cells could advantageously replace embryonic stem cells for experimental and clinical purposes, without the...