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3D map of human genome shows DNA 'loops'

15 December 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
A study into the 3D structure of the human genome has revealed the locations of DNA 'loops' at unprecedented resolution... [Read More]
 

Gene found to double risk of heart attacks.

15 December 2014 - by Molly Godfrey
Scientists have identified a set of rare gene mutations that may increase the risk of early heart attacks... [Read More]
 

Gene therapy partially restores sight in mice and dogs

15 December 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley
Scientists have used gene therapy to restore some sight to animals with visual impairment similar to retinosa pigmentosa, a type of human blindness... [Read More]
 

Pfizer to set up dedicated gene therapy development unit

15 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
Pfizer has entered into a deal with biotech company Spark Therapeutics to conduct research into gene therapy for haemophilia B... [Read More]
 

Scientists develop new 'F-class' pluripotent stem cells

15 December 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
A new type of stem cell has been developed in the lab, in research described as 'groundbreaking'... [Read More]
 

Smoking can 'erase' the Y chromosome

15 December 2014 - by Arit Udoh
Smoking can accelerate the loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells, a study claims... [Read More]
 

Sperm quality linked to general health

15 December 2014 - by Rachel Brown
Men with poor semen quality are more likely to also suffer from unrelated health problems, such as hypertension, a study suggests... [Read More]
 

23andMe launches DNA test in UK

08 December 2014 - by Arit Udoh
US-based genetic testing company 23andMe has launched its controversial 'personal genome service' in the UK... [Read More]
 

Another U-turn as York agrees to fund IVF

08 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed to fund one cycle of IVF, having at one time been the only CCG not to offer the treatment at all after funding was suspended in 2010.... [Read More]
 

Flu virus mutations leave vaccines ineffective

08 December 2014 - by Fiona Ibanichuka
The US Centers for Disease Control has released a health advisory warning clinicians that flu vaccines will have diminished effectiveness against one strain currently circulating in the US as it has mutated to become resistant... [Read More]
 

Gene variant decreases stroke risk in younger people

08 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
A gene variant has been linked to a lower risk of the most common cause of stroke in people under 50... [Read More]
 

James Watson sells DNA discovery Nobel prize for $4.1 million

08 December 2014 - by Ari Haque
James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix structure, has auctioned off his gold Nobel Prize awarded for the discovery for over £3 million.... [Read More]
 

Mediterranean diet protects against DNA ageing

08 December 2014 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
Women who consume a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to show evidence of 'cellular ageing' and therefore more likely to live longer, say US researchers... [Read More]
 

Study identifies 'gene network' behind alcoholism

08 December 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe
Alcohol dependence may be determined by a set of genes that work together as a network, according to a US study... [Read More]
 

DNA test could warn of blood cancer five years in advance

01 December 2014 - by Anna Cauldwell
Genetics researchers in the US have identified mutations that significantly increase the likelihood that an individual will go on to develop blood cancer... [Read More]
 

Immune-related mutations might maintain memory

01 December 2014 - by Chris Hardy
Common variants of immune-related genes have been linked with memory performance... [Read More]
 

Nerve cells behind pain and itch sensations made in lab

01 December 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Nerve cells that react to pain and cold in the same way as human neurons have been formed in the lab, scientists report... [Read More]
 

Thai parliament votes to outlaw commercial surrogacy

01 December 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe
Thailand's interim parliament has voted in support of a law to ban its largely unregulated surrogacy trade.
 

World's first commercialised gene therapy set to be 'world's most expensive drug'

01 December 2014 - by Arit Udoh
Glybera, the first gene therapy to go on sale in Europe, is set to cost €1.1m (£870,000) per patient, making it the world's most expensive drug... [Read More]
 

5,000 young breast cancer patients 'miss out on fertility care' in UK every year

24 November 2014 - by Isobel Steer
The majority of young breast cancer patients are not being referred for treatment which could preserve their fertility after chemotherapy, says a UK charity... [Read More]
 

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