An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next

‘It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies, eliminating the health risk of pregnancy. But it’s important not to get ahead of the data, says Alan Flake, fetal surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of today’s study. “It’s complete science fiction to think that you can take an embryo and get it through the early developmental process and put it on our machine without the mother being the critical element there,” he says’

Appealing? Really?

Detroit doctor charged with female genital mutilation of seven-year-olds

U.S. authorities have charged a Detroit doctor with performing genital mutilation on 7-year-old girls in what is believed to be the first case brought under a law prohibiting the procedure.

Jumana Nagarwala, an emergency room physician at a Detroit hospital who performed the procedures at an unnamed medical clinic in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, was scheduled to appear in federal court on Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

‘You owe me’: Muslim heart surgeon ‘raped mother in hospital whose child he’d treated, while still in his operating scrubs’

One of Britain’s top heart surgeons raped a woman in his office after telling her ‘you owe me’ for helping her sick child, a court heard.
The alleged victim told how 53-year-old Mohamed Amrani was still in his scrubs as he forced his tongue in her mouth and kissed her neck and ears.
She told jurors how the consultant surgeon then stripped her naked and said ‘I’m going to f*** you,’ then sexually assaulted her.

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Gene Disposes Ashkenazis to Psychosis

Ashenazi GenesA gene that plays a major role in positioning Ashkenazi Jewish families for schizophrenia has been isolated.
It’s modest news in the overall scheme of things, but like the discovery of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations for breast cancer for Ashkenazi Jews, it shows the usefulness of focusing genetic studies in a specific ethnic group.

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Doctor unable to speak English properly is spotted GOOGLING medical terminology whilst working at an NHS hospital 

A foreign locum doctor with very poor English was spotted using Google to check medical terminology at work, an official NHS report revealed today.
The shocking incident was captured by auditors brought in to check on agency workers at Colchester General Hospital in Essex.
The unnamed locum doctor was seen using the internet to look up medical terms.
During the spot checks it emerged another medic did not have a ‘prescribed connection’ – a validation required by doctors every five years.


SIR – 

I have been waiting for an authoritative comment on the article by Roger Highfield and Charles Clover (Science, Feb. 1) suggesting that Aids began as a result of people in Central Africa eating certain chimpanzees. As none has been forthcoming, your readers – and perhaps the medical profession – might like to know of my own experience. In 1957, as a student nurse, I was working at the Fever Hospital in Johannesburg. Patients were sent to us from all over Africa. Few could speak English, so could not describe their symptoms in detail or tell us how they might have contracted their particular illness. I remember clearly the first patient who came in with very odd sores. A lot of tests were done – saliva, tears, blood, etc. – but we could not identify his problem, and he died. Suddenly there was a spate of similar cases, all from Central Africa and all ending in the patient’s death. The hospital asked a mission station in the Belgian Congo (as it then was) to send someone down to tell us more about their lifestyle and what they ate. We were told that in the Congo there was an endearing little monkey, grey but with a green sheen to its coat. While other chimps and monkeys were hunted and eaten – as they still are all over Africa – these were adopted as pets and even venerated, as people believed that the green sheen had mystic powers. Despite this veneration (or perhaps because of it), I was taken aback to learn that men copulated with them, some apparently picking up some sort of virus as a result. When we realised that we did not know how to cure these very ill men, we decided there was no point in admitting any more. They simply stayed at home and died. We called it green monkey disease; some time later our professor, Jock Gear, said he was sure they were the first cases of Aids to come to official notice. One question remains to be answered. Presumably humans had had sexual relations with these monkeys for a very long time. So why was it only in the 1950s, and only in a relatively small area of Central Africa, that the monkeys contracted the virus, and passed it on? Where did they get it from?

Millom, Cumbria

Letters to the Editor, London Daily Telegraph, May 17 1999