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'Gene drive' could halt malaria transmission

30 November 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Using 'gene drive' technology, scientists have created mosquitoes with malaria-resistant genes that could spread rapidly into wild mosquito populations, potentially wiping out the disease in some areas... [Read More]

Genes essential to human life – and cancer – identified

30 November 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie
Scientists have used genome-editing technology to identify a core set of 1580 genes that are essential to human life... [Read More]

Obamacare may have boosted fertility-sparing cervical cancer treatment

30 November 2015 - by Mary Yarwood
More young women in the USA with cervical cancer are having fertility-sparing treatment due to earlier diagnosis... [Read More]

Progesterone does not help women with recurrent miscarriages

30 November 2015 - by Rikita Patel
Progesterone supplementation in the first trimester of pregnancy does not improve outcomes for women with unexplained recurrent miscarriages, according to a large clinical trial... [Read More]

US TV star must remain legal parent to child born via surrogacy

30 November 2015 - by Cait McDonagh
An appeals court in Pennsylvania, USA, has ruled that a woman is to remain the legal parent of a child born through surrogacy, despite separating from her husband before the child was born... [Read More]

Woman sues clinic for failing to detect genetic carrier status

30 November 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A woman is suing a fertility clinic in Australia for failing to detect that she was a carrier of a genetic mutation during pre-pregnancy testing, after her sons were later born with an inherited condition.... [Read More]

Childhood cancers linked to adult cancer genes

23 November 2015 - by Molly Godfrey
A substantial proportion of childhood cancers are caused by mutations in genes that are known to cause cancer in adults, scientists have found... [Read More]

Divorced couple's embryos must be destroyed, US judge rules

23 November 2015 - by Julia Hill
A San Francisco judge has ruled that the frozen embryos of a divorced couple should be destroyed, despite the protests of the ex-wife... [Read More]

FDA concerned over lab test loophole

23 November 2015 - by Rachel Brown
The US Food and Drug Drug Administration is embarking on strengthening its regulatory oversight over medical laboratory testing, including so-called 'laboratory developed tests'... [Read More]

Gene linked to impulsive behaviour while drunk

23 November 2015 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
A common mutation in a serotonin receptor gene has been linked to impulsive and aggressive behaviours, particularly under the influence of alcohol... [Read More]

'Myth busting' report on UK surrogacy calls for legal reform

23 November 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A report calling for reform of surrogacy laws in the UK has revealed that the majority of arrangements are conducted on an altruistic basis and do not take place abroad, contrasting with what it claims are commonly held misconceptions... [Read More]

Parasite increases female fertility

23 November 2015 - by Barbara Czub
Infections with the giant roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) increase female fertility, according to a nine-year study... [Read More]

Resistance gene emerges against last-defence antibiotic

23 November 2015 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
A gene responsible for resistance to an antibiotic used to treat serious infections has been identified in E. coli samples collected from food products in China.... [Read More]

Biotech company Editas to begin human gene editing in 2017

16 November 2015 - by Ari Haque
A US biotechnology start-up co-founded by two pioneers of CRISPR technology intends to begin gene editing in humans as part of an experimental treatment to target a rare genetic eye disorder... [Read More]

Extreme number of mutations may impart tumour drug resistance

16 November 2015 - by Paul Waldron
Over 100 million genetic changes have been found in a single tumour, according to a new study... [Read More]

FDA warns three US firms over direct-to-consumer genetic testing

16 November 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck
The US Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to three gene-testing companies over the marketing and selling of what it claims are direct-to-consumer gene testing products without its approval... [Read More]

Gene mutation may hold key to muscular dystrophy treatment

16 November 2015 - by Jenny Sharpe
Researchers have discovered a gene linked to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) after a dog bred to model the disease was found to have a protective mutation against it... [Read More]

Genetic analysis shows progression of moles to melanoma

16 November 2015 - by Meetal Solanki
Researchers in the USA have mapped the sequence of genetic changes from early skin lesions, such as common moles, to malignant skin cancer... [Read More]

Geneticists recognised with $3m Breakthrough Prizes

16 November 2015 - by Hannah Somers
Three geneticists have been awarded $3 million prizes for their contributions to the field of life sciences... [Read More]

Scientists discover sperm can 'slither'

16 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson
Researchers have discovered that human sperm have a two-dimensional 'slither' swimming mode, which enables them to swim faster when close to surfaces... [Read More]


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