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Issue 751 (28 April 2014)

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Comment

We are what our mothers eat
28 April 2014 - by Professor Tom Fleming
Increasing evidence, mainly from animal studies, suggests that eggs and very early embryos in the first few days after conception can be particularly sensitive to their environment with lifetime consequences including risk of diseases into adulthood... [Read More]
Podcast: Relative Risk - Breast Cancer and Genetics
28 April 2014 - by James Brooks
Did Angelina Jolie's famous editorial in the New York Times a year ago inspire an overemphasis on genetic risk in breast cancer? Or has it saved lives by bringing the issue out into the open?... [Read More]
Cryopreservation of oocytes – are CCGs refusing funding for this treatment acting lawfully?
28 April 2014 - by Merry Varney
In the recent case of R (on the application of Elizabeth Rose) v Thanet CCG, in which I was instructed by Elizabeth Rose, the High Court was asked to consider whether a policy denying funding for cryopreservation of oocytes – a treatment recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – was lawful.... [Read More]

News Digest

Investigation into fertility clinic worker who switched sperm 'inconclusive'
28 April 2014 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A University of Utah committee has concluded its investigation into allegations that in the early 1990s a fertility clinic worker allegedly switched a couple's sperm sample with his own.... [Read More]
Stuck on you: sperm-to-egg-binding protein discovered
28 April 2014 - by Dr Rachel Brown
A protein that allows eggs and sperm to fuse together has been identified by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge... [Read More]
Human cloning first: stem cells created from adult skin cells
28 April 2014 - by Sarah Pritchard
Scientists have used a cloning technique to successfully create human embryonic stem cells from adult cells for the first time... [Read More]
'Bionic ear' delivers gene therapy
28 April 2014 - by Ruth Retassie
Gene therapy, performed using cochlear implants, has regenerated auditory nerves in guinea pigs, a study reports... [Read More]
Tests on world's oldest woman reveal 'stem cell exhaustion' and hundreds of genetic mutations
28 April 2014 - by James Brooks
Blood tests of a woman who lived to 115 have revealed that when she died the majority of the white blood cells in her body originated from just two stem cells... [Read More]
'Realistic' skin cells grown in lab
28 April 2014 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
An advanced 3D skin model developed at King's College London (KCL) may reduce the need for animal models in cosmetic testing.... [Read More]
Trauma can be passed down through sperm
28 April 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
Stress in early life can alter the production of small sections of the genetic material RNA in the sperm of mice, affecting behaviour not only in the mice themselves but also in their offspring, research suggests... [Read More]

Reviews

TV Review: The £60,000 Puppy - Cloning Man's Best Friend
28 April 2014 - by Daniel Malynn
A weird mix of X Factor and Tomorrow's World, awash with sob stories used by the owners to justify the need to clone their dog, together with brief moments of explanation of the science and ethics of cloning... [Read More]
Radio Review: One to One - Jane Hill Meets Caroline Harding
28 April 2014 - by Amy Reed
In two poignant interviews for the One to One series on BBC Radio 4, Jane Hill first meets mother of three, Caroline Harding. Caroline has not one, but two children with the genetic disorder, hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED).... [Read More]

 

 

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