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World’s first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people

The world’s first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who oversaw the treatment. The baby was born on 6 April after his Jordanian parents travelled to Mexico where they were cared for by US fertility specialists.

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Research on biological materials of human origin: new recommendations to member States

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopts a new set of recommendations to the member states on the removal, storage and use of biological materials for research purposes.

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Ar po mirties paaukotumėte savo kūną moksliniams tyrimams?

Nors organų donorystės idėja tampa vis patrauklesne šių dienų visuomenei, o turinčiųjų donoro kortelę yra tūkstančiai, moksliniams tyrimams ir medicinos studijoms kūną paaukoti sutinka nedaugelis. Tokių Lietuvoje yra tik kelios dešimtys.

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French drug trial leaves one brain dead and five critically ill

One person is brain dead and five others are seriously ill after taking part in a drug trial for Portuguese pharmaceutical firm Bial at a clinic in north-west France.

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Assisted suicide now legal in California

Ten percent of Americans now have access to assisted suicide after Jerry Brown, governor of California, approved Assembly Bill 15 on October 5. “This is the biggest victory for the death-with-dignity movement since Oregon passed the nation’s first law two decades ago,” said Barbara Coombs Lee, the head of America’s leading right-to-die group Compassion & Choices.

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Bioethicist: UK Man, His Surrogate Mom – and Their Baby – Are ‘Family’

A British high court has permitted Kyle Casson, a single man, to adopt an eight-month-old boy who was carried and delivered by a surrogate — Casson’s own mother.

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British mum, 59, in bid for world medical first: I’ll give birth to baby of my dead daughter

A British woman is staging a desperate legal bid to become pregnant with her own grandchild – using her dead daughter’s eggs. In the first case of its kind in the world, the woman, 59, and her husband will claim it was their daughter’s dying wish that her eggs be fertilised by donor sperm and implanted into her own mother’s womb. It would be the couple’s only chance to become grandparents after their daughter, an only child, died of bowel cancer four years ago while still in her 20s.

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UK approves three-person babies

The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people. The modified version of IVF has passed its final legislative obstacle after being approved by the House of Lords. The fertility regulator will now decide how to license the procedure to prevent babies inheriting deadly genetic diseases. The first baby could be born as early as 2016.

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‘Three-person babies – not three-parent babies’

On Tuesday, MPs will decide whether to allow the creation of babies from three people – mum, dad and a second, donor, woman.

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The rise of the BABY VIKINGS: Why single British women desperate for children are turning to sperm donors in Denmark – who’ll play no part in their offspring’s lives

The Danes are famous for exporting beer, bacon, Lego — and now sperm. BBC documentary went behind the scenes at several clinics, including Cryos in Aarhus, the biggest sperm bank in the world. Danish sperm bought over the internet and delivered to Britain costs £460. Cryos director Ole Schou believes there are up to 1,000 Danish babies from his clinic alone in the UK.

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