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Scientists focus on placenta for clues on how to beat infections like Zika

August 15, 2016 4:00 am
Scientists focus on placenta for clues on how to beat infections like Zika

Only certain viruses can reach a foetus through the placenta and it’s not clear how Zika does. Photo / File Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body’s most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues about how it gives life – […]

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Human embryos kept alive in lab for unprecedented 13 days

May 5, 2016 11:30 am
Human embryos kept alive in lab for unprecedented 13 days

This microscope photo shows a human embryo 12 days after fertilization in vitro, with different cell types marked by separate colours. Photo / AP Human embryos have been kept alive in a petri dish for an unprecedented 13 days, allowing scientists to finally see what happens in the mysterious days […]

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Iran’s fertility crisis: Iran aims to double its population

August 1, 2015 9:09 am
Iran’s fertility crisis:  Iran aims to double its population

  Iran’s suffocating authoritarianism and the realities of a modern world are often at odds. Photo / APPlummeting birthrates a ticking timebomb for state as young Iranians decide not to have children.  After decades of chanting “Death to America”, Iran’s rulers have finally embraced a slogan that celebrates life and […]

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British-made device and gadget that can save 70,000 mothers a year

March 9, 2015 4:42 am
British-made device and gadget that can save 70,000 mothers a year

  “The identification of those critically ill ones is one of the holy grails of medicine. The beauty of it is that it interprets it for you and categorises into red, amber or green.” For inventor Professor Shennan, the device is the culmination of 20 years’ work. “We’re very proud of […]

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Suburban United States couple with two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets – a multiple birth that’s rare

February 26, 2015 9:39 am
Suburban United States couple with two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets – a multiple birth that’s rare

A suburban United States couple with two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets – a multiple birth that’s rare. The Whiteley family of Detroit, Michigan is celebrating the one-month birthdays for Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy. Lauren Whiteley said it “was the shock of a […]

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Doctor cleared in Britain’s first female genital mutilation trial

February 5, 2015 4:04 am
Doctor cleared in Britain’s first female genital mutilation trial

A London court has acquitted a doctor of carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM), the first such case to be prosecuted in Britain. Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, said he was “extremely relieved” after a jury at Southwark Crown court found him not guilty after only 30 minutes of deliberations. He was […]

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Woman in Poland has given birth to another woman’s baby

February 4, 2015 6:47 pm
Woman in Poland has given birth to another woman’s baby

Poland’s Health Minister has canceled the in-vitro contract of a fertility clinic in northwestern Poland where a woman was implanted with a wrong egg. The blunder apparently made at the Pomerania Medical University clinic in Szczecin became evident when the woman gave birth to a baby girl with serious health […]

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British lawmakers voted to allow three-parent babies for the first time

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British lawmakers voted to allow three-parent babies for the first time

British lawmakers in the House of Commons voted to allow scientists to create babies from the DNA of three people – a move that could prevent some children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases from their mothers. The vote in the House of Commons was 382-128 in favour. The bill must […]

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