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BioNews - a free weekly email news digest, commentary service and website published by the Progress Educational Trust

BioNews - which can be found online at - is a free news and comment digest, and the flagship publication of the Progress Educational Trust (PET).

The principal aim of BioNews is to provide accurate, balanced and timely news and comment on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. Whether your interest in these topics is personal or professional, BioNews provides an invaluable roundup of essential news and views.

Articles are divided into three categories - News, Comment and Reviews. News ensures that readers are up-to-date on recent developments, Comment is a great forum for opinion pieces on key topics, and Reviews covers relevant books, films, plays, comics, exhibitions and events.

BioNews covers covers a broad range of clinical, research and policy developments. The top 10 most read BioNews articles in 2017 were:

  1. Emma Laycock, Volunteer Writer at the Progress Educational Trust's flagship publication BioNews CRISPR gene-editing eliminates HIV in mice
    By Emma Laycock (pictured right)

  2. The 14-day rule: calling time on embryo research
    By Dr Valerie Shaikly

  3. DNA ageing reversed in mice
    By Dr Linda Wijlaars (pictured right) Dr Linda Wijlaars, Volunteer Writer at the Progress Educational Trust's flagship publication BioNews

  4. Mutation that stops people feeling pain found in Italian family
    By Dr Rachel Huddart

  5. High Court rejects fertility clinic challenge to HFEA website
    By Antony Blackburn-Starza

  6. Baroness Mary Warnock, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and contributor to PET's flagship publication BioNews Donor children do not benefit from being told about their conception
    By Professor Guido Pennings

  7. Should the 14-day limit on human embryo research be extended?
    By Baroness Mary Warnock (pictured right)

  8. Implanting two embryos could reduce IVF success
    By Ayala Ochert Caroline Casey, Volunteer Writer at the Progress Educational Trust's flagship publication BioNews

  9. Daily Mail misses the mark on fertility
    By Professor Adam Balen

  10. Stem cells offer potential treatment for hearing loss
    By Caroline Casey (pictured right)

Other key features include a comprehensive Glossary section, a fully searchable archive containing more than 8,000 articles, and a Jobs and opportunities section where vacancies are advertised.

Subscribers receive a weekly email newsletter. It's easy to subscribe for free to BioNews - you can do so here.

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