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Activated gene extends life by a third - in fruit flies
15 September 2014 - by Ari Haque
Activating a single gene can slow the ageing process and considerably extend life, scientists have discovered... [Read More]

Human stem cells reset to 'pristine' embryonic state
15 September 2014 - by Rhys Baker
Human pluripotent stem cells have been 'reset' to resemble embryonic stem cells at the earliest developmental state yet achieved... [Read More]

'Offer breast cancer risk gene screening to every 30-year-old woman', says scientist who discovered BRCA1
15 September 2014 - by Rachel Brown
A leading scientist involved in the identification of the BRCA1 gene mutation has recommended that genetic screening of the BRCA genes should be routinely offered to all women aged 30 years or over.... [Read More]





We must seize the opportunity to set families free of mitochondrial disease
15 September 2014 - by Geoff Brindle
It is every parent's nightmare to lose a son or daughter, whatever age they may be; particularly when it is to an illness or disease for which there is no treatment or cure... [Read More]

Myth replacement therapy: MPs debate the science of mitochondria
08 September 2014 - by Dr Ted Morrow
The regulatory path to clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement therapy was recently debated in the House of Commons. While scientists are still unsure how genes and genomes cause disease and impact on our physical appearance and personality, there are clearly misconceptions about mitochondrial genetics repeated during the debate that are not supported by current scientific evidence... [Read More]

'My life was a lie': What does Emma Cresswell's story tell us about donor conception and fatherhood?
01 September 2014 - by Dr Jonathan Ives
Emma Cresswell, The Telegraph tells us, 'fought a six-year battle to have the man she thought was her father removed from her birth certificate' and now reportedly hopes that others will follow her example... [Read More]





Game Review: Spermania - The Race for Life
15 September 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
This little app for Android has been getting a bit of hype because (a) it’s kind of about sex (snigger like a seven-year-old) (b) it was designed by PinchPoint, based in Ramallah, Palestine (do concerned Guardian-reader face)... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy
08 September 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
BBC Radio 4 's 'The Report' ventured into the ethically controversial area of surrogacy, which made international media headlines following the recent baby Gammy controversy... [Read More]

Book Review: The Science of Human Perfection - How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine
01 September 2014 - by James Storm
Surrounding yourself with books and journal articles on human enhancement will see you encounter the word 'eugenics' on a regular basis. The unfortunate thing about this word is that it has become bound to a particularly nasty piece of world history - and for many people this association is a reason to wince, whilst rejecting whichever idea or theory it is trying to re-associate itself with today.... [Read More]

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