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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter


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British woman in legal bid to use dead daughter's eggs

02 March 2015 - by Ruth Retassie
A British woman is in a legal bid to become pregnant using her deceased daughter's eggs, reports the Daily Mail. The mother, aged 59, said it was her daughter's dying wish before she died of bowel cancer four years ago... [Read More]

Europe's first marketing approval for stem cell product granted

02 March 2015 - by Ana Ilic
The European Commission has given conditional marketing approval to a stem-cell-based therapy for the first time... [Read More]

Eye teeth: Dental stem cells could be used to treat corneal scarring

02 March 2015 - by Daryl Ramai
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, have shown in mice that stem cells from the dental pulp, the inner part of the tooth made of tissue and cells, can be turned into cells of the eye's cornea... [Read More]

Graphene shows cancer treatment potential

02 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
Researchers have developed a novel approach to cancer treatment using the carbon-based nanomaterial graphene to target cancer stem cells... [Read More]

House of Lords gives green light to mitochondrial donation

02 March 2015 - by Sandy Starr
The House of Lords has voted by 280 to 48 to pass regulations permitting mitochondrial donation. This makes the UK the first country in the world to legislate for the use of mitochondrial donation techniques in treatment... [Read More]

Ireland makes moves to ban commercial surrogacy

02 March 2015 - by Sean Byrne
The Irish Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has announced there will be new draft legislation to regulate surrogacy in Ireland – five months after surrogacy provisions proposed in January last year were dropped from a Bill currently before the Oireachtas... [Read More]

Unique human brain gene discovered

02 March 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
One of the genes behind the dramatic evolutionary enlargement of the human brain has been identified. By greatly increasing the number of cells in important brain regions, the gene in question might have helped humans develop cognitive abilities unrivalled in the animal kingdom... [Read More]

23andMe gets FDA green light for direct-to-consumer test for rare genetic disorder

23 February 2015 - by Alice Hazelton
Genetic testing company 23andMe has obtained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market a direct-to-consumer genetic test for a rare mutation.... [Read More]

Findings boost HIV gene therapy optimism

23 February 2015 - by Dr Lanay Tierney
A kind of gene therapy has been shown to protect monkeys against HIV infection. The potential treatment instructs muscle cells to produce a protein that effectively neutralises the virus... [Read More]

Masters of the genome – epigenomic 'map' revealed

23 February 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
Scientists have unveiled a map of the human epigenome - the suite of molecular controllers which turn genes on and off in every human cell... [Read More]

Should the HFEA have a legal duty to consider economic growth?

23 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr
Members of the House of Lords have expressed concern about a Government Bill that would arguably compel the UK's fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, to consider economic growth when making its regulatory decisions... [Read More]

Teenage sperm mutation rate higher than thought

23 February 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have found that the rate of mutation in the sperm cells of teenagers is much higher than previously thought... [Read More]

Thailand outlaws commercial surrogacy for foreigners

23 February 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Thailand's parliament has passed a law banning surrogacy for foreign couples, after two scandals sparked worldwide attention last year... [Read More]

Why sex makes sense, evolutionarily

23 February 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
Humanity's predisposition to disease has been reduced thanks to hundreds of generations of sexual reproduction, research shows... [Read More]

Big pharma investment in gene therapy continues with Sanofi deal

16 February 2015 - by Arit Udoh
Sanofi has signed a partnership deal worth potentially US $845 million with Voyager Therapeutics, a comparatively small biotech firm, making it the latest major pharmaceutical firms to commit financially to gene therapy research... [Read More]

Genetic 'fat map' revealed

16 February 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
A meta-analysis has found that around a fifth of variation in BMI is due to common genetic variation... [Read More]

Is there a doctor in the house? New Jersey's artificial insemination law tested in custody battle

16 February 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low
A same-sex couple from New Jersey, USA, is challenging a sperm donor's visiting rights over their son conceived by artificial insemination... [Read More]

Mouse study tests obesity-fertility link

16 February 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
Obese female mice have lower fertility than healthy weight mice, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia... [Read More]

Mutation order influences cancer outcome

16 February 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
The order in which mutations occur in a cell can determine the clinical outcome of certain cancers, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine... [Read More]

Whole-genome sequencing detects de novo mutations in embryos

16 February 2015 - by Nina Chohan
Scientists have shown for the first time that whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in IVF embryos can detect 'de novo' mutations... [Read More]

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