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March 17th, 2008

India Nurtures Business of Surrogate Motherhood
by Amelia Gentlemen, New York Times
March 10, 2008
An enterprise known as reproductive outsourcing is a new but rapidly expanding business in India. Clinics that provide surrogate mothers for foreigners say they have recently been inundated with requests from the United States and Europe, as word spreads of India's mix of skilled medical professionals, relatively liberal laws and low prices.

Would you deposit to 'biobank'?
National Database Could Link Illnesses with Genes, Lifestyle
by Lisa Krieger, San Jose Mercury News
March 11th, 2008
Hoping to link illnesses to genetics and lifestyle, the federal government is exploring the possibility of recruiting a half-million Americans to contribute their DNA and health information to an ambitious national "biobank."... "Biobanks put important new wrinkles on concerns about privacy, genetic discrimination and benefit-sharing," said Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society in Oakland. "These are complex issues that could wind up hurting people rather than helping them, if the biobank isn't done right."

Gene Map Becomes a Luxury Item
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
March 4th, 2008
As the cost of genome sequencing goes from stratospheric to merely very expensive, it is piquing the interest of a new clientele.

Maryland: Stem cell researchers reeling from proposed 80% fund cut
by Karen Buckelew, Maryland Daily Record
March 3rd, 2008
Cutting the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund by nearly 80 percent would mean "effectively stopping the program," according to the chair of the commission that oversees it.

Google Backs Harvard Scientist's 100,000-Genome Quest
by John Lauerman, Bloomberg
February 29th, 2008
A Harvard University scientist backed by Google Inc. and OrbiMed Advisors LLC plans to unlock the secrets of common diseases by decoding the DNA of 100,000 people in the world's biggest gene sequencing project.

Why Some Single Women Choose to Freeze Their Eggs
by Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal
February 14th, 2008
As more women delay marriage and child-bearing, a small but growing number are having their eggs frozen in hopes of improving their chances of having children later.

Slow Calif. science plan a lesson for Mass.
by Todd Wallack, Boston Globe
February 11th, 2008
The slow rate of progress serves as a reality check for Massachusetts and other states that have followed California's lead by placing big bets on medical research.


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