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Issue 763 (21 July 2014)

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Comment

Mistakes happen, but the picture is mostly positive
21 July 2014 - by Juliet Tizzard
If our recent report, 'Adverse incidents in fertility clinics: lessons to learn', tells us one thing, it is that mistakes in IVF are rare... [Read More]

News Digest

Gene mutation may be behind autism subtype
21 July 2014 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
A mutation in a gene that regulates the structure of DNA has been linked to a subtype of autism... [Read More]
Gene mutation makes worms immune to alcohol
21 July 2014 - by Fiona Ibanichuka
Genetically mutated worms, unable to become intoxicated by alcohol, have been created by neuroscientists... [Read More]
Advocate General paves the way for 'stem cell patents'
21 July 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
An advisor to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has said that certain stem cells derived from unfertilised human eggs that have undergone parthenogenesis should not be excluded from patentability.... [Read More]
GWAS shows BFFs share DNA
21 July 2014 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
People may actively seek friendship with genetically similar individuals, a controversial study has suggested... [Read More]
Gene therapy creates 'biological pacemakers' in pigs
21 July 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Adult heart cells can be genetically reprogrammed into pacemaker cells by injecting a gene into the heart, an experiment in pigs suggests... [Read More]
Cycling not linked to infertility
21 July 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Men who cycle regularly are not more likely to be infertile, an observational study on British cycling habits has found... [Read More]

Reviews

Event Review: The Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy
21 July 2014 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr John Appleby, Professor Stephen Wilkinson, Dr Anthony Wrigley and Dr Annelien Bredenoord
Ethical dimensions of the emerging technology of mitochondrial replacement were the focus of a symposium that took place on 25 June at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics in Mexico City.... [Read More]
Event Review: Genomic Sequencing - Why Is It Important and How Can It Help You?
21 July 2014 - by Dr Sarah Testori
Genetic Alliance UK held its annual conference to discuss and reflect on the advances in genomic sequencing and to ask (and answer) why is it important, and how can it help to improve disease treatment... [Read More]

 

 

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