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Gene mutation carriers get equivalent of lifetime's anti-cholesterol treatment

18 November 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney
An inactive copy of a gene associated with cholesterol levels can reduce the risk of a heart attack, according to a study... [Read More]
 

Google moves into genome data storage and analysis

18 November 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
Google has announced that it will offer storage and analysis of genome sequencing data... [Read More]
 

HFEA appoints new members

18 November 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has announced new appointments, including four new members and one re-appointment... [Read More]
 

Human brainwaves control gene activity in mice

18 November 2014 - by Molly Godfrey
A technique to switch genes on and off with the power of thought alone has been developed by scientists... [Read More]
 

IVF will mostly be a lifestyle choice by 2050, says man who invented the Pill

18 November 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
By 2050, most women will opt to conceive through IVF using cryopreserved eggs and sperm, meaning that sex will become 'purely recreational', an eminent scientist has claimed... [Read More]
 

Mystery of 'monster' cancer DNA molecules solved

18 November 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe
The creation of giant, extra chromosomes present in up to three percent of all cancers can now be explained, says a study in Cancer Cell.... [Read More]
 

The genetic secret for a long life is... still unknown

18 November 2014 - by Sean Byrne
Scientists are still searching for a key piece of the longevity puzzle, having not found anything remarkable in the genes of 'supercentenarians' - people who live beyond 110 - to explain their long lives... [Read More]
 

Actor Jason Patric declared legal parent and not sperm donor after long legal battle

10 November 2014 - by Ari Haque
Actor Jason Patric has been declared legal parent after a two-year long legal challenge to a ruling that declared him simply a sperm donor for his son... [Read More]
 

Gut bacteria contributing to weight gain may be inherited

10 November 2014 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
Our genetic make-up influences the type of bacteria that live in our gut, which in turn influences how likely we are to be overweight, a twin study has found... [Read More]
 

Irish Supreme Court denies genetic mother birth certificate right

10 November 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The Supreme Court of Ireland has ruled that the genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate cannot be included as the children's mother on their birth certificates, saying that it is for the Irish Parliament to legislate in this area..... [Read More]
 

Known-donation contact case: Children's lives 'irredeemably marred' by dispute, says judge

10 November 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
A six-year legal battle for contact over two girls conceived via known-donor fertilisation has had a 'destructive effect' on the girls' childhood, a High Court judge has warned in his third substantive judgment in the case.... [Read More]
 

Stem cell therapy for Parkinson's restores dopamine in rats

10 November 2014 - by Rhys Baker
Researchers have reversed the effects of Parkinson's disease in rats, using human embryonic stem cells... [Read More]
 

Study suggests novel genetic mechanism behind HIV immunity

10 November 2014 - by Arit Udoh
Scientists claim to have discovered the genetic mechanism by which two patients developed immunity to HIV infection... [Read More]
 

Woman starts relationship with 'anonymous' sperm donor

10 November 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe
An Australian woman has become engaged to the sperm donor who fathered her one-year-old daughter... [Read More]
 

Dozens of new genetic risks for autism uncovered

03 November 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Scientists have linked 107 genes to autism, and 22 of these genes have a significant impact on the likelihood of developing the disorder, two studies published in Nature have shown... [Read More]
 

Genes could influence Ebola survival, mouse study finds

03 November 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe
Genetic factors could explain why some people survive the Ebola virus, a study in the USA suggests... [Read More]
 

Mini human stomach grown from stem cells for first time

03 November 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Scientists in the USA have for the first time created three-dimensional stomach tissue from human pluripotent stem cells... [Read More]
 

National sperm bank opening coincides with HFEA report

03 November 2014 - by Sean Byrne
A national sperm bank set up by a £77,000 grant from the UK's Department of Health has now opened for business.... [Read More]
 

Two genes linked to 'up to ten percent of severe violent crime'

03 November 2014 - by Arit Udoh
Common variants of two genes linked to behaviour can significantly raise the likelihood of violent criminal behavior, a study - which has received a mixed reaction from expert commentators - suggests... [Read More]
 

Alcohol good, coffee bad, vegetables debatable – men's route to successful conception

27 October 2014 - by Isobel Steer
To improve chances of conception, men should drink a pint of beer daily, cut down on coffee, eat more fruit and vegetables (beware a coating of sperm-harming pesticides), and avoid vegetarian or vegan diets... [Read More]
 

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