All of item 1 + urls for longer items from New Scientist magazine, 09 December:
Human cloning will soon be a crime in Japan.
The Japanese parliament passed a law last week banning the creation of embryos from combining human eggs and non-reproductive cells, as well as mixing animal and human cells to create hybrid embryos. Anyone flouting the law could be punished by up to 10 years' imprisonment or a fine of $90,000. The legislation has yet to come into effect.
The lab which cloned Dolly the sheep aims to engineer chickens which lay eggs containing anti-cancer drugs
Patently ridiculous The biotech gold rush is making a mockery of the world patent system
A wild gene chase The biggest ever study of genes and disease is being launched soon, but will the doctors involved be able to cope?