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DNA ageing reversed in mice

27 March 2017 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Scientists have reversed ageing in mice by adding a chemical involved in DNA repair to their drinking water... [Read More]
 

Drug targeting old cells reverses ageing in mice

27 March 2017 - by Annabel Slater
A drug that reverses aspects of ageing has been successfully demonstrated in mice... [Read More]
 

Mathematical formula describes how sperm swim

27 March 2017 - by Rachel Reeves
The movement of sperm can be explained by a relatively simple mathematical formula, according to new research... [Read More]
 

NHS Scotland to offer three cycles of IVF

27 March 2017 - by Rikita Patel
New patients referred for infertility treatment by their doctors will now have access to three cycles of IVF on the NHS in Scotland... [Read More]
 

Scientists call for new ethical guidelines for 'synthetic embryos'

27 March 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
Rapid advances in stem cell and embryo research are in danger of outstripping current ethical guidelines and new regulations are urgently needed, warn scientists in a report published this week... [Read More]
 

Singapore woman wins damages from IVF sperm mix-up

27 March 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
A woman in Singapore has been awarded damages after an IVF clinic fertilised her eggs with a stranger's sperm instead of her husband's... [Read More]
 

Two-thirds of cancers caused by random mutations

27 March 2017 - by Caroline Casey
A new study has found that up to 66 percent of cancer-causing mutations can be attributed to random mistakes made during DNA replication... [Read More]
 

Genetic test could predict age of Alzheimer's onset

21 March 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A genetic test based on 31 markers could be used to predict at what age an individual is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease... [Read More]
 

Donated sperm in Florida counties may be infected with Zika

20 March 2017 - by Annabel Slater
The US Centers for Disease Control has identified a potential risk of Zika virus transmission from donor sperm in the Florida tri-county area... [Read More]
 

Existing drugs could benefit one in five breast cancer patients

20 March 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
A genetic study of breast cancer patients suggests that existing drugs for treating rare breast and ovarian cancers may help more patients than previously thought... [Read More]
 

Failed fertility treatment linked to higher risk of heart disease and stroke

20 March 2017 - by Meetal Solanki
A study has revealed a possible link between unsuccessful fertility treatments and a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease... [Read More]
 

First London CCG axes IVF funding

20 March 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard
Croydon has become the first Clinical Commissioning Group in London to cut funding for all IVF treatment, other than in 'exceptional circumstances'... [Read More]
 

Gene variants for accelerated brain ageing discovered

20 March 2017 - by Dr Julia Hill
Two common variants of TMEM106B and progranulin (GRN) genes have been discovered to accelerate normal brain ageing... [Read More]
 

HFEA grants first UK licence to carry out mitochondrial donation

20 March 2017 - by Georgia Everett
Doctors at Newcastle Fertility Centre have been granted the first UK licence to use mitochondrial replacement therapy as a fertility treatment to prevent the inheritance of mitochondrial disease... [Read More]
 

Stem cell treatments succeed and fail in treating eye disease

20 March 2017 - by Paul Waldron
In two different attempts to treat degenerative eye diseases with stem cells, three patients have been blinded, while disease progression has been stopped in a separate patient... [Read More]
 

18 new genes linked to autism

13 March 2017 - by Jenny Sharpe
A study that sequenced the whole genomes of over 5000 people has discovered 18 genes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)... [Read More]
 

Blood test could detect and locate cancer at early stage

13 March 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Researchers have developed a new blood test that can not only detect cancer at an early stage, but can also indicate where the tumour is located in the body... [Read More]
 

Canada passes genetic non-discrimination bill

13 March 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
A bill outlawing genetic discrimination has been passed by Canada's House of Commons, adding genetic characteristics as a protected ground under their Human Rights Act... [Read More]
 

Complete synthetic yeast organism almost a reality

13 March 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
An international team has rewritten the genetic code of five chromosomes in yeast – one third of the organism's entire genome... [Read More]
 

First genome editing of normal human embryos

13 March 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe
Chinese scientists have successfully used genome editing to correct mutations in viable human embryos for the first time... [Read More]
 

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