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Artificial sperm 'grown in lab' for first time

18 May 2015 - by Lubna Ahmed
A French company claims to have grown human sperm cells in a laboratory for the first time.... [Read More]
 

CRISPR gene-editing patents disputed

18 May 2015 - by Ari Haque
Patents for the gene-editing technology, CRISPR/Cas9, are the subject of a dispute between scientists at University of California, Berkeley and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.... [Read More]
 

Gene activity changes with the seasons

18 May 2015 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Scientists have shown that there are seasonal changes in how our immune system functions.... [Read More]
 

Genetic signature of sepsis deciphered

18 May 2015 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Researchers have discovered a pattern in 11 genes that could make it quick and easy to diagnose sepsis, a serious life-threatening condition... [Read More]
 

Microbiome 'fingerprints' could identify individuals

18 May 2015 - by Matthew Thomas
The communities of microbes living in and on the human body – known as the microbiome – differ enough between people that researchers can use them to tell one person from another in a population of hundreds... [Read More]
 

CRISPR reveals new cancer drug targets

11 May 2015 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar & Ayala Ochert
Molecular biologists have used gene-editing technology to identify promising targets for anti-cancer drugs... [Read More]
 

Database links genetic variants to effects on expression

11 May 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
International scientists from the Genotype-Tissue Expression project have created a new database to study how genomic variants affect gene activity in different body tissues... [Read More]
 

Mother begins High Court challenge for dead daughter's eggs

11 May 2015 - by Rachel Brown
A 59-year-old woman has initiated an unprecedented legal battle to take possession of her deceased daughter's eggs in order to act as a surrogate for her own grandchild... [Read More]
 

New type of stem cell may help grow organs

11 May 2015 - by Tamara Hirsch
Scientists have identified a new type of stem cell that shows distinct advantages over those discovered to date, and which could potentially be used to grow human organs in animals such as pigs or cows... [Read More]
 

Same-sex couple awarded care of child in surrogacy dispute

11 May 2015 - by Ana Ilic
A legal battle over the custody of a baby girl born through a disputed surrogacy arrangement has resulted in an order to remove the child from her mother and place her into the care of her father and his partner.... [Read More]
 

Scientists create 'living biobank' of cancer samples

11 May 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Scientists have announced the creation of miniature tumours that closely mimic real cancers.... [Read More]
 

US couple 'trapped' in Mexico following surrogacy law change

11 May 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A US couple have been left without a birth certificate for their newborn son in Mexico after a sudden change in state law.... [Read More]
 

Cas9 inhibits hepatitis C in human cells

05 May 2015 - by James Heather
US researchers have used the CRISPR/Cas9 system to target hepatitis C infection in human cells... [Read More]
 

Earthquake throws spotlight on Israeli use of Nepalese surrogacy

05 May 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Israel has evacuated a number of babies born to Israeli parents and surrogate mothers in Nepal, in the wake of the earthquake which killed at least 7500 people... [Read More]
 

NIH 'will not fund gene editing of human embryos'

05 May 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
The US National Institutes of Health has issued a firm statement that it will not fund any research involving gene-editing technologies in human embryos... [Read More]
 

Scientists probe the genetics of ageing

05 May 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A genetic driver of the ageing process has been discovered by creating cells that mimic Werner's syndrome, a very rare disease that causes premature ageing... [Read More]
 

Stem cell therapy for eye disease shows potential

05 May 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball
Retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells have been successfully transplanted into four Korean patients with macular degeneration... [Read More]
 

TV star in dispute over frozen embryos

05 May 2015 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
The ex-fiancé of Sofía Vergara, star of TV show Modern Family, is suing her for custody of their frozen embryos... [Read More]
 

Chinese scientists edit genes of human embryos

27 April 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Chinese scientists report the first-ever genetic modification of human embryos using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique, confirming rumours that these highly controversial experiments were underway... [Read More]
 

Father given parental rights in home insemination case

27 April 2015 - by Ari Haque
A man who provided sperm to a female friend who then used it to conceive without sexual intercourse has been awarded parental rights by the Virginia Court of Appeals in the USA... [Read More]
 

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