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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

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British woman in legal bid to use dead daughter's eggs
02 March 2015 - by Ruth Retassie
A British woman is in a legal bid to become pregnant using her deceased daughter's eggs, reports the Daily Mail. The mother, aged 59, said it was her daughter's dying wish before she died of bowel cancer four years ago... [Read More]

Europe's first marketing approval for stem cell product granted
02 March 2015 - by Ana Ilic
The European Commission has given conditional marketing approval to a stem-cell-based therapy for the first time... [Read More]

Eye teeth: Dental stem cells could be used to treat corneal scarring
02 March 2015 - by Daryl Ramai
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, have shown in mice that stem cells from the dental pulp, the inner part of the tooth made of tissue and cells, can be turned into cells of the eye's cornea... [Read More]





Genome sequencing: What do patients think?
02 March 2015 - by Alice Hazelton
Genome sequencing offers great potential for the effective diagnosis and future treatment of many conditions. But while the excitement continues to grow around the science, few have stopped to ask what patients, the ultimate end-beneficiaries of this technology, think... [Read More]

Good eggs, bad sperm and terrible journalism
02 March 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
You may have come across the story. 'Teenagers more likely to pass on genetic mutations to children,' reported The Independent. But was there research showing anything of the sort? The simple answer is no... [Read More]

Trying to right the wrong for donor conceived children
02 March 2015 - by Merry Varney and Jemma Dally
From April 2009, certain procedural steps have been required to ensure non-birth parents of donor conceived children, who are not married to or in a civil partnership with the birth parent, become the legal parent of their child. Unfortunately, a recent audit by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) discovered that 50 clinics reported anomalies with their practices and procedures in respect of the signing of the consent forms for legal parenthood... [Read More]





Review: Panorama – Can You Cure My Cancer?
02 March 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
This well-timed Panorama documentary details how innovative treatments are being developed at the Institute of Cancer Research and trialled at the Royal Marsden...


Event Review: 'Do You Really Want to Know?' screening by Genetic Alliance UK
23 February 2015 - by Sean Byrne
Do you really want to know? This was the question presented in the award-winning documentary of the same title, and to the panel in a discussion that followed its recent screening by Genetic Alliance UK... [Read More]

Radio Review: Exchanges at the Frontier - Genomics
23 February 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Within the first minute, it is already clear that genomic sequencing is something of a Pandora's Box; or, as AC Grayling calls it, 'a modern dilemma'... [Read More]

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