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


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House of Lords gives green light to mitochondrial donation

25 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr
The House of Lords has voted by 280 to 48 to pass regulations permitting mitochondrial donation. This makes the UK the first country in the world to legislate for the use of mitochondrial donation techniques in treatment... [Read More]

23andMe gets FDA green light for direct-to-consumer test for rare genetic disorder

23 February 2015 - by Alice Hazelton
Genetic testing company 23andMe has obtained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market a direct-to-consumer genetic test for a rare mutation.... [Read More]

Findings boost HIV gene therapy optimism

23 February 2015 - by Dr Lanay Tierney
A kind of gene therapy has been shown to protect monkeys against HIV infection. The potential treatment instructs muscle cells to produce a protein that effectively neutralises the virus... [Read More]

Masters of the genome – epigenomic 'map' revealed

23 February 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
Scientists have unveiled a map of the human epigenome - the suite of molecular controllers which turn genes on and off in every human cell... [Read More]

Should the HFEA have a legal duty to consider economic growth?

23 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr
Members of the House of Lords have expressed concern about a Government Bill that would arguably compel the UK's fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, to consider economic growth when making its regulatory decisions... [Read More]

Teenage sperm mutation rate higher than thought

23 February 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have found that the rate of mutation in the sperm cells of teenagers is much higher than previously thought... [Read More]

Thailand outlaws commercial surrogacy for foreigners

23 February 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Thailand's parliament has passed a law banning surrogacy for foreign couples, after two scandals sparked worldwide attention last year... [Read More]

Why sex makes sense, evolutionarily

23 February 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
Humanity's predisposition to disease has been reduced thanks to hundreds of generations of sexual reproduction, research shows... [Read More]

Big pharma investment in gene therapy continues with Sanofi deal

16 February 2015 - by Arit Udoh
Sanofi has signed a partnership deal worth potentially US $845 million with Voyager Therapeutics, a comparatively small biotech firm, making it the latest major pharmaceutical firms to commit financially to gene therapy research... [Read More]

Genetic 'fat map' revealed

16 February 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
A meta-analysis has found that around a fifth of variation in BMI is due to common genetic variation... [Read More]

Is there a doctor in the house? New Jersey's artificial insemination law tested in custody battle

16 February 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low
A same-sex couple from New Jersey, USA, is challenging a sperm donor's visiting rights over their son conceived by artificial insemination... [Read More]

Mouse study tests obesity-fertility link

16 February 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
Obese female mice have lower fertility than healthy weight mice, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia... [Read More]

Mutation order influences cancer outcome

16 February 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
The order in which mutations occur in a cell can determine the clinical outcome of certain cancers, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine... [Read More]

Whole-genome sequencing detects de novo mutations in embryos

16 February 2015 - by Nina Chohan
Scientists have shown for the first time that whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in IVF embryos can detect 'de novo' mutations... [Read More]

Breast cancer recurrence gene test gets NHS go-ahead

09 February 2015 - by Molly Godfrey
A genetic test to estimate the chance of breast cancer recurrence after surgery is set to become more widely available on the NHS.... [Read More]

Human cells have their clock put back

09 February 2015 - by Chris Baldacci
Scientists have developed a technique to lengthen telomeres - the 'caps' on the end of chromosomes that protect DNA - in human cells in the lab, increasing the cells' lifespan... [Read More]

Methylation may mediate mortality

09 February 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball
Our DNA harbours a biological clock that can help predict how long a person will live, research suggests... [Read More]

Obama puts $215 million price tag on precision medicine plan

09 February 2015 - by Nicola Davis
The US President, Barack Obama, has revealed details of a multi-agency personalised medicine research plan... [Read More]

Scientists find possible cause for IVF implantation failure

09 February 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe
Researchers have identified a biological process that may cause the failure of embryos to attach to the uterus wall during IVF, raising the possibility of future treatments... [Read More]

Two new breast cancer genetic risk factors identified

09 February 2015 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
An international research collaboration analysing the DNA of 100,000 women has identified two new genetic variants that are associated with an increased risk of the most common form of breast cancer... [Read More]

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