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5,000 young breast cancer patients 'miss out on fertility care' in UK every year
24 November 2014 - by Isobel Steer
The majority of young breast cancer patients are not being referred for treatment which could preserve their fertility after chemotherapy, says a UK charity... [Read More]

E.coli become analogue hard drives
24 November 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe
E.coli have been engineered to record information from their environment by storing it in their DNA, much like a computer's hard drive... [Read More]

Genomics England launches 100,000 genomes collaboration
24 November 2014 - by David O'Rourke
Genomics England is inviting applications from UK researchers, NHS clinicians and those in scientific training to access the data compiled by its DNA sequencing project, the 100,000 Genomes Project.... [Read More]





Open letter to UK Parliament: avoid historic mistake on rushing human genetic modification
24 November 2014 - by Dr Paul Knoepfler
Experimental mitochondrial replacement technology has a noble goal, but in my opinion there are too many unanswered questions and risks that remain to allow it to proceed at this time. I believe that moving forward with it would most likely be a tragic mistake for the UK... [Read More]

Response to open letter on mitochondrial transfer
24 November 2014 - by Professor Peter Braude and Professor Robin Lovell-Badge
A response to the open letter to the UK Parliament by Dr Paul Knoepfler... [Read More]

What you think about breast cancer and genetic testing
24 November 2014 - by Sandy Starr
The Progress Educational Trust's project 'Breast Cancer: Chances, Choices and Genetics', supported by the Wellcome Trust, sought to clarify breast cancer and risk for the benefit of current and prospective patients, professionals and the general public... [Read More]





Book Review: Gene Jockeys - Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise
24 November 2014 - by Dr Ross Cloney
'Everybody has the same damn list.' It was with these words that Peter Farley, one time president of the biotechnology firm, Cetus, described the early days of commercial molecular biology. This race to clone, express and commercialise human genes is the focus of Nicolas Rasmussen's book... [Read More]

Event Review: Bioethics in 2025 - What Will Be the Challenges?
18 November 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
This Nuffield Council debate was instead a surprisingly thoughtful discussion on what bioethicists are doing now, on what we could do, the speakers asked whether we are moving closer to or further away from a future we are happy with... [Read More]

Event Review: Crick Lecture 2014 - 'Genetic control and the mammalian radiation'
10 November 2014 - by Matthew Thomas
You and all the whales, rhinos and bats owe your lives to a tiny shrew... [Read More]

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