(The Telegraph) – More than a third of children born via IVF to single mothers have expressed either mixed or negative feelings about their lack of a father figure. Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that 39 percent of children aged four to nine felt ‘neutral’ about their lack of a prominent male figure at home, while 27 percent had ‘mixed feelings’ about the situation, and a further eight percent took a ‘negative’ view.
(The Guardian) – Intriguingly, scientists have recently found that many of these apparently healthy embryos have something in common: they have increased levels of the DNA that is found within mitochondria – the tiny energy-generating structures that sit inside cells. The discovery, scientists say, offers a new tool for genetically screening embryos with the technique, known as mitochondrial DNA quantification, recently made available in the US.
(Medical Xpress) – When Dolly the cloned sheep was born 20 years ago on July 5, many hailed mankind’s new-found mastery over DNA as a harbinger of medical miracles such as lab-grown transplant organs. Others trembled at the portent of a “Brave New World” of identical humans farmed for spare parts or as cannon fodder. As it turns out, neither came to pass. Human cloning—complicated, risky and ethically contentious—has largely been replaced as the holy grail of regenerative medicine by other technologies, say experts.
(The Guardian) – According to the foundation a wave of new cyborgs will be breaking at the end of the summer – and now you can be one, too. The foundation’s sister organization, Cyborg Nest, is currently taking orders for North Sense, an implant that detects magnetic north, which will become available in September for roughly $300. If this sounds nutty to you, perhaps it’s your age. According to Harbisson, young people are flocking to the idea of enhancing or adding to their senses through technology.
(Washington Post) – Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, the memory keeper for victims of Nazi persecution, and a Nobel laureate who used his moral authority to force attention on atrocities around the world, died July 2 at his home in New York. He was 87. His death was confirmed in a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Other details were not immediately available.
(Yahoo! News) – A poor couple from the Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh recently approached the Tamballapalle Court asking for permission to kill their eight month old daughter. The infant, is suffering from congenital liver disease, and needs a liver transplant immediately, and, since the family does not have money for further treatment, according to the couple, only option remaining was mercy killing. The court rejected the plea and the Andhra Pradesh government has stepped in to bear all the medical expenses of the baby girl, Gnana Sai.
(ABC News) – Stem cells represent for some the promise of a cure from disease or relief from chronic pain conditions — and businesses have taken notice, opening clinics that market different stem-cell treatments directly to consumers. While the use of unapproved stem-cell therapies is commonly associated with international “stem cell tourism,” a new analysis in the journal Cell Stem Cell indicates that this marketplace may be much larger in the United States than previously thought.
(The Phnom Penh Post) – The National Assembly yesterday adopted a law banning commercial organ transplants in a bid to curb trafficking in the so-called “red market” trade, introducing heavy jail sentences for breaches. The law, which also covers human cells and tissues, stipulates that any donation of human parts must be undertaken on a humanitarian basis – commercial motives and advertising such services are forbidden and carry jail sentences of up to 20 years. The legislation’s passage comes two years after a seminal case of organ trafficking in the Kingdom in which Mot Hiriphin was convinced by a cousin that he could sell a kidney to pay off crippling family debt.