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Animal trials of chlamydia vaccine show promise
25 July 2016 - by Rikita Patel
A nasal spray vaccine given to mice protects against chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease that can cause infertility... [Read More]
British biotech firm buys up Sardinian DNA biobank to research ageing
25 July 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad
A British biotech company has purchased a biobank containing the genetic information of almost 13,000 genealogically linked residents from the region of Ogliastre in Sardinia... [Read More]
Chinese scientists to begin first human CRISPR trial
25 July 2016 - by Rachel Siden
Chinese scientists plan to start the first-ever clinical trial of CRISPR genome-editing technology in humans – on patients with lung cancer – this August... [Read More]




The making of an Olympic athlete
25 July 2016 - by Craig Pickering
Is elite performance in sport linked to genes, training, or luck?... [Read More]
Matching mitochondrial and nuclear DNA: Much ado about nothing?
18 July 2016 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
A match of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes apparently affects healthy ageing in mice. But key questions need to be answered before stirring up implications for human mitochondrial replacement therapies... [Read More]
A victory for consent – but what about the welfare of the child?
11 July 2016 - by Kriss Fearon
A couple whose daughter died of cancer, leaving frozen eggs in storage, has recently won the right to have their request for export reconsidered by the HFEA. There are a number of troubling features of the case which deserve proper scrutiny... [Read More]




Podcast Review: The ethics of growing human embryos in the lab
25 July 2016 - by Wendy Suffield
Should the current 14-day limit for growing human embryos in the lab be extended in light of recent breakthroughs? This was the question posed in the Guardian's Science Weekly podcast following news that embryos have been successfully developed for 13 days... [Read More]
Radio Review: Dear Baby Mine
25 July 2016 - by Rachel Reeves
Dear Baby Mine is a Radio 4 drama based on the true story of Conor, who is diagnosed with azoospermia, and the emotional rollercoaster that ensues... [Read More]
Event Review: Genetic Screening and Respect for Persons
18 July 2016 - by Amina Yonis
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is improving all the time, and the tests may soon be offered to all pregnant women on the NHS. This event explored how to ensure that prospective mothers are properly counselled to make informed decisions about their pregnancy... [Read More]

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