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Academic performance strongly influenced by genes

27 July 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
The educational achievement of British teenagers is highly heritable across a range of academic subjects, according to researchers at King's College London... [Read More]

Chinese website sells sperm online

27 July 2015 - by Arit Udoh
Alibaba, the China-based e-commerce firm, has offered its male users up to £525 in exchange for their sperm... [Read More]

Gay parents blocked from leaving Thailand with surrogate baby

27 July 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A male same-sex couple have been stuck in Thailand with their baby daughter for the past six months, after the surrogate mother refused to allow them to leave the country claiming they are not 'an ordinary couple'... [Read More]

One night's poor sleep disrupts gene expression

27 July 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
A study mimicking the effects of shift work has found that just one night without sleep alters the expression of bodyclock genes and disrupts metabolism... [Read More]

Scientists disagree over Native American origins

27 July 2015 - by Isobel Steer
In a rare and high-profile scientific dispute, two recent genetic studies have reached opposing conclusions on the origins of Native Americans... [Read More]

Stem cells trigger liver regeneration

27 July 2015 - by Hannah Somers
Researchers have successfully used a stem cell transplant to induce repair and regeneration of the liver in mice... [Read More]

Australian woman obtains sperm from dying husband

20 July 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A woman in New South Wales, Australia, has been given permission to extract sperm from her unconscious, dying husband... [Read More]

Chromosomes play active role in cell division

20 July 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
A study has shown that chromosomes, far from being passive participants as had been assumed, are actively involved in the process of cell division... [Read More]

Miniature brain 'organoids' offer model for autism

20 July 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Scientists have grown miniature brains out of stem cells from people with autism, and have found that they over-produce one type of neuron... [Read More]

Prenatal test detects cancer in mothers

20 July 2015 - by Ceri Durham
Abnormal results from a non-invasive prenatal test for fetal chromosome abnormality may indicate the presence of previously undetected cancers in some mothers.... [Read More]

Stem cells could treat mitochondrial disease

20 July 2015 - by Julia Hill
Scientists in the USA have demonstrated how stem cell techniques may benefit people with incurable mitochondrial diseases. The research suggests it might be possible one day to replace diseased tissue in patients affected by the disorders... [Read More]

Strong genetic link found for depression

20 July 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Two gene variants have been linked to major depressive disorder by an international research consortium... [Read More]

ASHG warns parents to limit genetic testing

13 July 2015 - by Ceri Durham
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has cautioned against genome-wide genetic testing unless clinically indicated, especially for children... [Read More]

Brain metabolism mediates inherited anxiety

13 July 2015 - by Barbara Czub
New research demonstrates that metabolic over-activity in the brain associated with anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children... [Read More]

Gene therapy for deafness moves closer

13 July 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball
A technique that delivers genes into the inner ears of mice has been used to restore hearing, marking the first time that gene therapy has been successfully used to treat deafness... [Read More]

Ireland: mother of surrogate baby loses maternity benefit case

13 July 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The mother of a child born through surrogacy has lost her challenge against a decision to reject her application for paid maternity leave at the Irish High Court... [Read More]

RNA findings could diagnose male infertility

13 July 2015 - by Rhys Baker
A test to diagnose male infertility that uses RNA as a biomarker has been developed by researchers in the USA... [Read More]

Time to confront genomics data problem, say scientists

13 July 2015 - by Chris Baldacci
Scientists have warned that the world of genomics is headed for a data bottleneck... [Read More]

France to recognise surrogate children

06 July 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
One of France's highest courts ruled on Friday that children born to surrogates abroad have the right to have their births and citizenship recognised by the state... [Read More]

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis shows promise

06 July 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A new gene therapy technique for treating cystic fibrosis has shown potential in a new study... [Read More]


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