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Nerve cells created from blood cells

26 May 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have found a way to directly convert blood cells into nerve cells of both the central and peripheral nervous system.... [Read More]

Scientists create 'genetic map' of prostate cancer

26 May 2015 - by Julia Hill
Scientists have announced a comprehensive genetic map of prostate cancer, which they say could lead to new treatments for the advanced stage of the disease... [Read More]

Scottish Government urged to consider three NHS IVF cycles

26 May 2015 - by Ruth Retassie
A parliamentary committee has asked the Scottish Government to consider funding three cycles of IVF on the NHS, in an increase from the two cycles currently funded on the NHS in Scotland... [Read More]

Stem cells repair heart damage

26 May 2015 - by Paul Waldron
A particular type of stem cell found in the heart can repair damage caused by heart attacks in mice, according to research... [Read More]

US scientists to write CRISPR 'rulebook'

26 May 2015 - by Ceri Durham
Scientists will gather in the USA later this year to produce ethical guidelines on the use of human gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9.... [Read More]

Artificial sperm 'grown in lab' for first time

18 May 2015 - by Lubna Ahmed
A French company claims to have grown human sperm cells in a laboratory for the first time.... [Read More]

CRISPR gene-editing patents disputed

18 May 2015 - by Ari Haque
Patents for the gene-editing technology, CRISPR/Cas9, are the subject of a dispute between scientists at University of California, Berkeley and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.... [Read More]

Gene activity changes with the seasons

18 May 2015 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Scientists have shown that there are seasonal changes in how our immune system functions.... [Read More]

Genetic signature of sepsis deciphered

18 May 2015 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Researchers have discovered a pattern in 11 genes that could make it quick and easy to diagnose sepsis, a serious life-threatening condition... [Read More]

Microbiome 'fingerprints' could identify individuals

18 May 2015 - by Matthew Thomas
The communities of microbes living in and on the human body – known as the microbiome – differ enough between people that researchers can use them to tell one person from another in a population of hundreds... [Read More]

CRISPR reveals new cancer drug targets

11 May 2015 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar & Ayala Ochert
Molecular biologists have used gene-editing technology to identify promising targets for anti-cancer drugs... [Read More]

Database links genetic variants to effects on expression

11 May 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
International scientists from the Genotype-Tissue Expression project have created a new database to study how genomic variants affect gene activity in different body tissues... [Read More]

Mother begins High Court challenge for dead daughter's eggs

11 May 2015 - by Rachel Brown
A 59-year-old woman has initiated an unprecedented legal battle to take possession of her deceased daughter's eggs in order to act as a surrogate for her own grandchild... [Read More]

New type of stem cell may help grow organs

11 May 2015 - by Tamara Hirsch
Scientists have identified a new type of stem cell that shows distinct advantages over those discovered to date, and which could potentially be used to grow human organs in animals such as pigs or cows... [Read More]

Same-sex couple awarded care of child in surrogacy dispute

11 May 2015 - by Ana Ilic
A legal battle over the custody of a baby girl born through a disputed surrogacy arrangement has resulted in an order to remove the child from her mother and place her into the care of her father and his partner.... [Read More]

Scientists create 'living biobank' of cancer samples

11 May 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Scientists have announced the creation of miniature tumours that closely mimic real cancers.... [Read More]

US couple 'trapped' in Mexico following surrogacy law change

11 May 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A US couple have been left without a birth certificate for their newborn son in Mexico after a sudden change in state law.... [Read More]

Cas9 inhibits hepatitis C in human cells

05 May 2015 - by James Heather
US researchers have used the CRISPR/Cas9 system to target hepatitis C infection in human cells... [Read More]

Earthquake throws spotlight on Israeli use of Nepalese surrogacy

05 May 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Israel has evacuated a number of babies born to Israeli parents and surrogate mothers in Nepal, in the wake of the earthquake which killed at least 7500 people... [Read More]

NIH 'will not fund gene editing of human embryos'

05 May 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
The US National Institutes of Health has issued a firm statement that it will not fund any research involving gene-editing technologies in human embryos... [Read More]


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