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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]

French court grants lesbian adoption after appeal

27 April 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
A French appeals court has granted a woman the right to adopt a child her wife conceived overseas via artificial insemination... [Read More]

Gene therapy shows promise for immune disorder

27 April 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Six boys with the inherited immune disorder Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS) have been successfully treated with a gene-therapy technique that harnesses a 'tamed' HIV virus... [Read More]

Genome editing prevents mitochondrial disease in mice

27 April 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A gene-editing technique that may prevent mutated mitochondrial DNA from being passed down from mother to child has shown success in an animal study... [Read More]

Startup launches budget BRCA test

27 April 2015 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar
A US company has announced a low-cost genetic test for breast cancer... [Read More]

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]

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