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Ebola virus is mutating fast, gene studies find

01 September 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
The ebola virus has accumulated hundreds of mutations since the beginning of the current outbreak, researchers analysing the viral genome have found... [Read More]

Gene linked to alcohol dependence

01 September 2014 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Mice lacking a gene called NF1 are less prone to excessive drinking in an animal model, scientists have found. When the researchers looked at the same gene in humans, they found that variations in NF1 are linked with increased risk and severity of alcoholism... [Read More]

No sign of STAP cells so far in validation experiments

01 September 2014 - by Nicoletta Charolidi
Efforts to replicate the STAP cell findings have not been successful so far, the RIKEN Institute has reported... [Read More]

Swiss and Italian courts move towards parental rights for same-sex couples

01 September 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Judges in two European countries with restrictive laws governing IVF and surrogacy have taken steps towards recognising non-biological parents in same-sex relationships as the legal parents of children born through assisted conception.... [Read More]

Thai Prime Minister promises 'leniency' and 'case-by-case' approach in surrogacy crackdown

01 September 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
Thailand's military junta has pledged a transitional period of leniency in cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as it prepares to tighten its laws on the country's surrogacy industry.... [Read More]

Embryonic spinal cord precursor cells generated for first time

26 August 2014 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Scientists have generated the specialised cells in the embryo that go on to form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue and used them to produce nerve and muscle cells... [Read More]

Epigenetic changes linked to Alzheimer's

26 August 2014 - by Claire Downes
Researchers have identified a connection between DNA methylation and Alzheimer's disease, gaining a further understanding into the underlying causes of this neurodegenerative condition.... [Read More]

Illumina partners big pharma for 'one gene test fits all' approach to cancer

26 August 2014 - by Molly Godfrey
The DNA sequencing company Illumina have announced collaborations with three major pharmaceutical companies - AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson - to develop a single test for several gene mutations in cancer... [Read More]

Man accused of fathering 12 surrogate babies in Thailand

26 August 2014 - by Jessica Ware
A Japanese businessman may have fathered up to 15 children using Thai surrogates, 12 of whom remain in Thailand.... [Read More]

Over 500 UK sperm donors have 'fathered' more than ten children each

26 August 2014 - by Nishat Hyder
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has revealed that 504 sperm donors in the UK have between them 'fathered' more than 6,200 children.... [Read More]

Thymus grown in mice following cell transplant

26 August 2014 - by James Heather
Researchers from the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Edinburgh, UK, have for the first time produced complete working organs from genetically 'reprogrammed' cells. Engineered cells were inserted into adult mice, where they grew into what appeared to be functional thymuses.... [Read More]

Alzheimer's-linked gene missing in man with healthy brain

18 August 2014 - by Chris Hardy
A man without a working copy of a gene thought to be necessary for healthy brain function - and linked with Alzheimer's disease - has a 'grossly normal cognitive status'. Targeting this gene in people at-risk for the disease could help to protect them against it... [Read More]

Gene therapy trial begins in heart pump patients

18 August 2014 - by Isobel Steer
A gene therapy trial has been launched to help people with advanced heart failure who must constantly carry a bulky battery to power an artificial heart pump.... [Read More]

Judge awards birth mother custody of twins after Italian IVF mix-up

18 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
An Italian judge has ordered that two children born following an embryo mix-up at a Rome fertility clinic should reside with the birth mother and not with the twins' biological parents.... [Read More]

Stroke patients improve after stem cell therapy

18 August 2014 - by Barbara Czub
Five stroke patients have begun to recover after being treated with their own stem cells, and have reported no side effects six months after treatment... [Read More]

Thailand moves to ban commercial surrogacy

18 August 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
Thailand's Government has approved a draft law intended to make commercial surrogacy a criminal offence, leaving foreign couples reportedly unable to take their surrogate-born children out of the country.... [Read More]

Zebrafish research uncovers how stem cells form

18 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Researchers studying the zebrafish have discovered how a certain type of stem cell, which produces all the blood cells in the body, is formed... [Read More]

Anger as York backtracks on IVF funding promise

11 August 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad
NHS bosses in York have been accused of backtracking on a promise to restart funding for IVF treatment, disappointing an estimated 110 couples requiring treatment in the area... [Read More]

Cancer risk genes: could PALB2 be BRCA3?

11 August 2014 - by Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A new study suggests that mutations in a gene called PALB2 are just behind BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations as a leading genetic risk factor for breast cancer... [Read More]

First 'money-back guarantee' IVF scheme launches in UK

11 August 2014 - by Ari Haque
A fertility clinic in Manchester has launched a new scheme that will give a refund to patients who fail to have a baby after undertaking IVF treatment... [Read More]

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