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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]
 

Timing of puberty controlled by genes

28 July 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley
Researchers have identified genetic factors that are involved in determining the age at which a child reaches puberty, in a genome-wide study looking at over 182,000 women... [Read More]
 

Twelve healthy babies born following 'safer' IVF hormone treatment

28 July 2014 - by Purvi Shah
Twelve healthy babies have been born after trials of a hormone treatment called kisspeptin-54 that has been hailed as a safer way to mature women's eggs prior to IVF... [Read More]
 

UK Government plans to legalise mitochondrial replacement for IVF

28 July 2014 - by Rachel Brown
The UK Government has announced that regulations around the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques will be presented to Parliament in the next few months... [Read More]
 

Advocate General paves the way for 'stem cell patents'

21 July 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
An advisor to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has said that certain stem cells derived from unfertilised human eggs that have undergone parthenogenesis should not be excluded from patentability.... [Read More]
 

Cycling not linked to infertility

21 July 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Men who cycle regularly are not more likely to be infertile, an observational study on British cycling habits has found... [Read More]
 

Gene mutation makes worms immune to alcohol

21 July 2014 - by Fiona Ibanichuka
Genetically mutated worms, unable to become intoxicated by alcohol, have been created by neuroscientists... [Read More]
 

Gene mutation may be behind autism subtype

21 July 2014 - by Molly Godfrey
A mutation in a gene that regulates the structure of DNA has been linked to a subtype of autism... [Read More]
 

Gene therapy creates 'biological pacemakers' in pigs

21 July 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Adult heart cells can be genetically reprogrammed into pacemaker cells by injecting a gene into the heart, an experiment in pigs suggests... [Read More]
 

GWAS shows BFFs share DNA

21 July 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney
People may actively seek friendship with genetically similar individuals, a controversial study has suggested... [Read More]
 

Alcohol has damaging effect on heart, finds gene study

14 July 2014 - by Nicoletta Charolidi
Even light alcohol consumption is a risk for cardiovascular health, a genetic study has found, contradicting previous reports that moderate drinking can be beneficial for the heart... [Read More]
 

Canada: Call to halt use of gene test results in insurance calculations

14 July 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has issued a statement urging the life and health insurance industry to refrain from asking applicants for access to existing genetic test results... [Read More]
 

Failed stem cell transplant leaves woman with nose tissue on spine

14 July 2014 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A paraplegic woman in the USA has developed a growth of nasal tissue in her back eight years after failed stem cell therapy... [Read More]
 

Genetic link found between reading and maths ability in children

14 July 2014 - by Michelle Downes
Around half of the genes that influence reading ability are also involved in mathematical aptitude, a study has found... [Read More]
 

HFEA: More than 1,600 fertility clinic mistakes in three years

14 July 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
Hundreds of adverse events occur in UK fertility clinics each year, according to a report from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority... [Read More]
 

Controversial STAP stem cell papers retracted

07 July 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Nature has retracted two papers published in January on the creation of so-called 'STAP' cells, after all co-authors agreed to the retractions.... [Read More]
 

Cornea successfully grown from stem cells

07 July 2014 - by Dr Daniel Grimes
In one of the first experiments to grow tissue from adult stem cells, scientists have grown corneas in the lab... [Read More]
 

France to recognise children born via surrogates abroad

07 July 2014 - by James Brooks
France will no longer deny citizenship to children born via surrogates to French parents overseas, Minister for Families Laurence Rossignol confirmed, after a decision at the European Court of Human Rights... [Read More]
 

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