This issue of BioNews is the hundredth we've published. And on Thursday, it will also be our second birthday. When, in early 1999, Progress Educational Trust came up with the idea of starting BioNews, we never imagined it would become quite so popular. Our readership stretches from research scientists to entrepreneurs to politicians, everywhere from Mexico City to Manchester to Moscow.
Since that time, we have covered developments in basic research, medical technologies, regulation and commerce. We have brought you news about everything from egg freezing to stem cell research to gene sequencing. And we've provided commentary on gene patenting, therapeutic cloning and postmenopausal motherhood, to name just a few controversial issues.
BioNews, however, is just one part of what Progress Educational Trust does. Through conferences, publications and education programmes, we aim to make assisted reproduction and genetics better understood in public and professional circles. More than that, we aim, through media and parliamentary work, to build broad support for further research and new technologies in these areas.
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Over the next two years, we plan to continue to keep you up to date with developments in assisted reproduction and human genetics. But we also have ambitious plans to extend our service to provide background information and a broad range of views on ethical, legal and social issues. Watch this space.