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'Biological basis' for schizophrenia uncovered in gene study
28 July 2014 - by Isobel Steer
More than 100 genetic regions have been found to be involved in schizophrenia, many of which were not previously linked to the condition... [Read More]

HIV 'cut out' of human genome
28 July 2014 - by James Heather
Research has shown that it may be possible to 'cut' the viral DNA out of cells infected by HIV using genetic editing techniques, removing its ability to replicate... [Read More]

Mid Essex: Only HIV and cancer patients could be eligible for IVF
28 July 2014 - by Ruth Retassie
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed to limit access to IVF to cancer patients and HIV-positive men under its options for reform to the funding of its fertility services.... [Read More]





An extraordinary bank for extraordinary people
28 July 2014 - by Natasha Canfer
In July 2014, the Department of Health announced that it had awarded the National Gamete Donation Trust funding to set up an independent National Sperm Bank in partnership with Birmingham Women's Hospital.... [Read More]

Podcast: Breast Cancer Risk - Facts, Fictions and the Future
28 July 2014 - by James Brooks
Will the media be forever obsessed with cancer risk? How can we separate fact from fiction in the miles of accumulated column inches amassed by cancer risk news stories every year?... [Read More]

Schizophrenia Genetics: A Revolution with a Dash of Caution
28 July 2014 - by Dr Gerome Breen
The paper detailing 100 genes associated with schizophrenia has made many psychiatric genetics researchers very happy, bringing a not-inconsiderable amount of relief that they have been proven at least partially correct... [Read More]





Film Review: Breeders - A Subclass Of Women?
28 July 2014 - by Alice Plein
‘Breeders- A subclass of women?‘ provides both thought-provoking and uncomfortable moments but ultimately fails to convince as an anti-surrogacy polemic... [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]

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]

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