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Baby born from sperm collected 48 hours after father died

20 April 2015 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
A baby boy has been born using sperm collected 48 hours after the fathers' death. The healthy child was conceived through IVF after a lengthy legal process in Australia, following the death of the father in a motorcycle accident in 2011.... [Read More]
 

German grandmother, 65, pregnant with quadruplets

20 April 2015 - by Jessica Ware
A 65-year-old German woman is set to become the world's oldest mother of quadruplets... [Read More]
 

Most people harbour at least one lethal mutation

20 April 2015 - by Chris Baldacci
Geneticists have estimated that each of us carries an average of one or two lethal, but recessive, genes in our DNA... [Read More]
 

New stem cell type discovered

20 April 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
A new type of stem cell has been discovered that has the ability to transform into a larger number of cell types than both human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells... [Read More]
 

Review supports existence of the 'placebome'

20 April 2015 - by Ruth Retassie
Some people may be genetically more likely to experience the 'placebo effect', according to a review of recent studies... [Read More]
 

Sperm DNA changes linked to autism

20 April 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
A study has found a link between DNA methylation levels in sperm and an increased risk of autism in children, indicating that epigenetic changes could explain why the disorder appears to run in families.... [Read More]
 

Tumour mutations often misidentified

20 April 2015 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Genetic testing to guide the choice of cancer treatment may be misleading unless tumour DNA is compared to normal DNA... [Read More]
 

Couple to sue US sperm bank that did not verify donor information

13 April 2015 - by Nina Chohan
A Canadian couple has filed a lawsuit against US-based sperm bank, Xytex, after they discovered that the sperm used to conceive their child was provided by a 'college drop out' with a criminal record and a history of schizophrenia... [Read More]
 

Do pesticides reduce sperm quality?

13 April 2015 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
A recent study suggests that exposure to pesticide residue through diet may affect sperm quality... [Read More]
 

Down's syndrome blood test more accurate than existing screening

13 April 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Research shows that a new prenatal blood test for Down's syndrome outperforms current methods of screening... [Read More]
 

First IVF baby born after new technique to eliminate genetic disease

13 April 2015 - by Rachel Brown
The first baby in Europe has been born following a new IVF-based technique developed to prevent the inheritance of genetic disorders... [Read More]
 

Genetic link to sex crimes found

13 April 2015 - by Molly Godfrey
Fathers or brothers of men found guilty of committing a sexual offence are four to five times more likely than average to commit an offence themselves, a new study claims... [Read More]
 

Genetic test analyses 77 genes for breast cancer risk

13 April 2015 - by Hannah Somers
A new wide-ranging test that looks at multiple sites in the DNA code could help predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer... [Read More]
 

Personalised cancer vaccines show promise

13 April 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A new type of cancer vaccine that enriches the immune system with tailor-made anti-tumour antibodies has shown early signs of promise... [Read More]
 

Angelina Jolie has ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce BRCA risk

30 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
In an article in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie has revealed her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, in her on-going battle to reduce her risk of cancer... [Read More]
 

Genomics England forms industry collaboration

30 March 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Genomics England has announced a new consortium that will see it share data from the 100,000 Genomes Project with major industry players... [Read More]
 

Iceland genome study predicts DNA of entire nation

30 March 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
Scientists in Iceland have produced a comprehensive portrait of the nation's genetic makeup... [Read More]
 

IVF autism link vanishes when only one child born

30 March 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
Children conceived with assisted reproductive technology may be twice as likely to develop autism... [Read More]
 

Offer three IVF cycles now, Scottish Government told

30 March 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A charity has called for all NHS Boards in Scotland to move towards offering eligible patients three full cycles of IVF... [Read More]
 

Single gene cripples flu defence

30 March 2015 - by James Heather
A report has found that rare mutations in a single gene made one girl genetically susceptible to severe influenza infection... [Read More]
 

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