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23 new genes linked to cancer spread

16 January 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Researchers have identified 23 genes that are linked to metastasis – the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body... [Read More]
 

Discussion of ethics of new IVG technique is needed, say US experts

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater
Three US experts say public conversation should begin now on the ethical challenges raised by a new fertility technology that could reprogram any human cell into eggs and sperm... [Read More]
 

First pregnant man in UK through sperm donation

16 January 2017 - by Lone Hørlyck
A 20-year-old man, who was originally born female, is the first in the UK to become pregnant through sperm donation after the NHS refused to pay for egg freezing... [Read More]
 

Genetic fingerprint identifies aggressive prostate cancer

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater
Canadian scientists have identified a genetic fingerprint that indicates which prostate cancer tumours may develop into a more aggressive form of the disease after treatment... [Read More]
 

Italian court rules surrogate twins are not brothers

16 January 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
Twin boys born to a same-sex couple through surrogacy do not have the legal status of brothers, according to an Italian court... [Read More]
 

IVF clinics are advertising misleading success rates, study finds

16 January 2017 - by Rikita Patel
A number of IVF clinics in the UK could be misleading people with their advertised success rates, a study suggests...
 

Stem cell treatment restores light sensitivity in blind mice

13 January 2017 - by Ayala Ochert
Scientists have partially reversed blindness in mice using lab-grown retinas made from skin cells... [Read More]
 

Anti-CRISPR - an off-switch for genome editing

09 January 2017 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Scientists have discovered a new set of proteins that can block the CRISPR/Cas9 system... [Read More]
 

Baroness Warnock receives top award in the New Year's Honours List

09 January 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Patron of the Progress Educational Trust, Baroness Mary Warnock, has been awarded the highest honour in the New Year's Honours list 2017, having been made a Companion of Honour for her 'services to charity and children with special educational needs'... [Read More]
 

Gene complex implicated in severe premenstrual syndrome

09 January 2017 - by Sarah Gregory
Researchers in the USA have shown that a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be caused by irregular gene expression, which leads to atypical responses to sex hormones... [Read More]
 

Implanting two embryos could reduce IVF success

09 January 2017 - by Ayala Ochert
Implanting two embryos can reduce IVF success by a quarter if one of the embryos is of poorer quality, new research suggests... [Read More]
 

IVF culture medium can double the chance of success

09 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater
The type of culture media used in IVF can more than double the chance of producing healthy embryos and significantly affect chances of successful conception... [Read More]
 

Sperm mix-up involving 26 women at Dutch IVF clinic

09 January 2017 - by Georgia Everett
A Dutch IVF clinic is currently under investigation after it came to light that dozens of its patients might have been fertilised by the wrong sperm – half of whom are pregnant or have already given birth... [Read More]
 

Synthetic stem cells repair damaged hearts

09 January 2017 - by Paul Waldron
Researchers in the US and China have developed a 'synthetic stem cell' that can repair tissue damaged by a heart attack... [Read More]
 

First baby born using ovary frozen before puberty

19 December 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
A 24-year old has become the first woman to give birth after a transplant of ovarian tissue that was taken before puberty... [Read More]
 

Gene therapy 'reverses ageing' in mice

19 December 2016 - by Sarah Gregory
Gene therapy can reverse the effects of ageing in mice, researchers claim... [Read More]
 

House of Lords debates UK surrogacy law reform

19 December 2016 - by Ryan Ross
The government has welcomed a House of Lords debate on surrogacy law reform, promising to consider whether the statute needs to be updated... [Read More]
 

More women get tested for breast cancer genes thanks to 'Angelina Jolie effect'

19 December 2016 - by Anastassia Bolotkova
Angelina Jolie's 2013 public announcement that she has the BRCA1</i> breast cancer gene led to a 64 percent increase in women seeking genetic testing for breast cancer... [Read More]
 

Tumour gene tests produce conflicting results

19 December 2016 - by Isobel Steer
A study has cast doubts on the reliability of 'liquid biopsies' – blood tests that detect tumour mutations and are increasingly used to guide treatment... [Read More]
 

UK approves mitochondrial donation babies

19 December 2016 - by Annabel Slater
The UK has become first country in the world to formally approve the creation of IVF embryos through mitochondrial donation... [Read More]
 

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