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Dozens of new gene targets for cancer immunotherapy found
14 August 2017 - by Ebtehal Moussa
Over a 100 new genes that may be essential for cancer immunotherapy to work have been identified using a new CRISPR-based screen... [Read More]
EPO awards CRISPR patent to European biotech
14 August 2017 - by Ryan Ross
German-based company MilliporeSigma has announced that the European Patent Office intends to approve its CRISP patent for use on eukaryotic cells... [Read More]
Faster diagnosis hope for mitochondrial disease
14 August 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A new approach to genetic analysis may lead to a faster way to diagnose mitochondrial disease... [Read More]




Why the decline in sperm concentration needs research you can count on
14 August 2017 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Twenty-five years ago, I recall sitting in a journal club in which the collective minds tore apart the then recently published (and still much quoted) meta-analysis by Elizabeth Carlsen, 'Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50 years'. This BMJ paper made the headlines in 1992... [Read More]
Men, delayed childbearing and age-related fertility decline
07 August 2017 - by Caroline Law
While media reports regularly remind us of women's biological clocks and warn of the dangers of women leaving it 'too late' to have children, until recently little attention has been paid to the role of men in timing when to have children, and the effect of age on male fertility... [Read More]
FILM: What Next for Genomics?
31 July 2017 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'What Next for Genomics? Providing Answers, Changing Lives, Transforming the NHS', which launched the Chief Medical Officer's report Generation Genome... [Read More]




Event review: Is Dementia Inherited?
14 August 2017 - by Sarah Gregory
After the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference for scientific researchers was held in London this summer, and the subsequent flurry of media interest, the UK dementia charity Alzheimer's Society announced an event for the public to discuss the much asked question: is dementia inherited?... [Read More]
Event Review: Anne McLaren: Science, Ethics and The Archive
07 August 2017 - by Lea Goetz
'We're here to have a conversation about the archive,' is how Professor Sarah Franklin from the University of Cambridge introduced the event, 'Anne McLaren: Science, Ethics and the Archive'... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Inquiry - Is Gene Editing Out of Control?
31 July 2017 - by Cara Foley
The broadcast by BBC World Service is split into four parts, each with an assigned 'expert witness'. The first chapter tackles 'The Language of Life', aiming to elucidate exactly what DNA, genes and genome editing are... [Read More]

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