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Environment has greater influence on immunity than genes

19 January 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
A twin study has shown that the majority of variation in immunity between individuals is due to non-genetic factors.

Gene linked to aggressive breast cancers

19 January 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
UK researchers have identified a gene that is active in a difficult-to-treat form of breast cancer, raising the possibility of developing targeted treatments.

Heart failure gene mutations identified

19 January 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
Scientists have narrowed down the harmful mutations that cause dilated cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of inherited heart failure, which could lead the way to better screening and more accurate diagnosis.

Thai surrogates battle for babies birthed for Japanese millionaire

19 January 2015 - by Ayesha Ahmad and James Brooks
The surrogate mothers of nine of the babies fathered by a Japanese man and taken into care by the Thai authorities have filed for custody of the children... [Read More]

23andMe partners with Genentech in Parkinson's disease deal

12 January 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
23andMe, the personal genetics company, has announced an agreement with biotech company Genentech to identify new therapeutic targets for the treatment of Parkinson's disease... [Read More]

Baby born with genetic disease after embryo test 'mistakes'

12 January 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low
A baby has been born with a genetic condition after a laboratory used by a Nottingham fertility clinic reportedly made a mistake interpreting PGD results... [Read More]

European Court rules parthenotes fall outside human embryo patent ban

12 January 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has cleared the way for the patenting of human parthenotes for industrial and commercial purposes, clarifying the definition of 'human embryo' excluded from patentability in European Law... [Read More]

First stem-cell therapy recommended for approval by EU regulator

12 January 2015 - by Dr Lanay Tierney
The first advanced therapy containing stem cells has received a positive assessment from the European Medicines Agency... [Read More]

Four rare genetic conditions added to screening list for UK newborns

12 January 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
All newborn babies in England are now to be offered screening for four rare life-threatening genetic disorders... [Read More]

Genomics England announces 11 centres spearheading 100,000 Genomes Project

12 January 2015 - by Barbara Czub
Eleven NHS Genomic Medicine Centres have been announced by Genomics England to spearhead the 100,000 Genomes Project... [Read More]

Human sperm and egg precursors created from stem cells

12 January 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in creating human sperm and egg precursor cells from stem cells... [Read More]

Just plain bad luck? Stem cell division rates play major role in cancer risk

12 January 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have estimated that around 65 percent of variation in cancer rates between tissue types is related to the number of stem cell divisions, explaining why cancer occurs more commonly in some parts of the body than others... [Read More]

Mitochondrial DNA donors granted anonymity in draft legislation

12 January 2015 - by Rachel Brown
Regulations to legalise and govern the use of mitochondrial donation techniques have been placed before the UK Parliament.... [Read More]

3D map of human genome shows DNA 'loops'

15 December 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
A study into the 3D structure of the human genome has revealed the locations of DNA 'loops' at unprecedented resolution... [Read More]

Gene found to double risk of heart attacks.

15 December 2014 - by Molly Godfrey
Scientists have identified a set of rare gene mutations that may increase the risk of early heart attacks... [Read More]

Gene therapy partially restores sight in mice and dogs

15 December 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley
Scientists have used gene therapy to restore some sight to animals with visual impairment similar to retinosa pigmentosa, a type of human blindness... [Read More]

Pfizer to set up dedicated gene therapy development unit

15 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
Pfizer has entered into a deal with biotech company Spark Therapeutics to conduct research into gene therapy for haemophilia B... [Read More]

Scientists develop new 'F-class' pluripotent stem cells

15 December 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
A new type of stem cell has been developed in the lab, in research described as 'groundbreaking'... [Read More]

Smoking can 'erase' the Y chromosome

15 December 2014 - by Arit Udoh
Smoking can accelerate the loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells, a study claims... [Read More]

Sperm quality linked to general health

15 December 2014 - by Rachel Brown
Men with poor semen quality are more likely to also suffer from unrelated health problems, such as hypertension, a study suggests... [Read More]

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