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Alzheimer's-linked gene missing in man with healthy brain

18 August 2014 - by Chris Hardy
A man without a working copy of a gene thought to be necessary for healthy brain function - and linked with Alzheimer's disease - has a 'grossly normal cognitive status'. Targeting this gene in people at-risk for the disease could help to protect them against it... [Read More]
 

Gene therapy trial begins in heart pump patients

18 August 2014 - by Isobel Steer
A gene therapy trial has been launched to help people with advanced heart failure who must constantly carry a bulky battery to power an artificial heart pump.... [Read More]
 

Judge awards birth mother custody of twins after Italian IVF mix-up

18 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
An Italian judge has ordered that two children born following an embryo mix-up at a Rome fertility clinic should reside with the birth mother and not with the twins' biological parents.... [Read More]
 

Stroke patients improve after stem cell therapy

18 August 2014 - by Barbara Czub
Five stroke patients have begun to recover after being treated with their own stem cells, and have reported no side effects six months after treatment... [Read More]
 

Thailand moves to ban commercial surrogacy

18 August 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
Thailand's Government has approved a draft law intended to make commercial surrogacy a criminal offence, leaving foreign couples reportedly unable to take their surrogate-born children out of the country.... [Read More]
 

Zebrafish research uncovers how stem cells form

18 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Researchers studying the zebrafish have discovered how a certain type of stem cell, which produces all the blood cells in the body, is formed... [Read More]
 

Anger as York backtracks on IVF funding promise

11 August 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad
NHS bosses in York have been accused of backtracking on a promise to restart funding for IVF treatment, disappointing an estimated 110 couples requiring treatment in the area... [Read More]
 

Cancer risk genes: could PALB2 be BRCA3?

11 August 2014 - by Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A new study suggests that mutations in a gene called PALB2 are just behind BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations as a leading genetic risk factor for breast cancer... [Read More]
 

First 'money-back guarantee' IVF scheme launches in UK

11 August 2014 - by Ari Haque
A fertility clinic in Manchester has launched a new scheme that will give a refund to patients who fail to have a baby after undertaking IVF treatment... [Read More]
 

Leading stem cell scientist and STAP supervisor found dead in apparent suicide

11 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A leading Japanese scientist who was embroiled in the STAP cell controversy has been found dead in an apparent suicide.... [Read More]
 

Offer screening in pregnancy for chromosome disorders earlier, say experts

11 August 2014 - by Victoria Burchell
Expectant mothers should be offered earlier screening for rare chromosomal conditions, the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) recommends... [Read More]
 

UK national sperm bank given green light

11 August 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
The first national sperm bank is to be opened in England this October after receiving a £77,000 grant from the Department of Health... [Read More]
 

100,000 genomes project will make UK 'world leader in DNA testing'

04 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
The UK Government has announced it will provide £300 million funding for a project to sequence 100,000 genomes, saying that it will 'revolutionise [the] fight against cancer and rare diseases'... [Read More]
 

Blood test could reveal suicide risk

04 August 2014 - by Dr Katie Howe
Variations in a single gene could be used to predict if someone is at risk of committing suicide, say scientists at Johns Hopkins University... [Read More]
 

Epigenetic 'switches' could cause cancer

04 August 2014 - by Daryl Ramai
Scientists at the Children's Nutrition Research Center, USA have shown that epigenetic changes alone could cause cancer.... [Read More]
 

Government is misleading public about mitochondrial donation, claim scientists

04 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
The UK Government has been accused of deliberately misleading the public in order to win approval over its plans to implement mitochondrial replacement techniques in IVF... [Read More]
 

Only eight percent of DNA is 'functional'

04 August 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
Researchers at the University of Oxford have estimated that only 8.2 percent of human DNA has been left unchanged as the species has evolved and is therefore likely to be functional... [Read More]
 

Surrogacy: Confusion amid reports of boy 'abandoned' by intended parents

04 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A child with Down's syndrome born to a Thai surrogate is reported to have been abandoned by the intended parents, an Australian couple, who have denied the allegations. Conflicting versions of the developing story have been reported.... [Read More]
 

'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]
 

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