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AstraZeneca to launch its own 'two million genomes' project

25 April 2016 - by Rachel Siden
AstraZeneca has signed deals with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and two other institutions to launch one of the largest genome-sequencing efforts yet undertaken... [Read More]

BRCA1 mutation linked to reduced egg reserves

25 April 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe
Women with a mutation in the breast-cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 may have reduced numbers of eggs left in their ovaries, according to a study led by Australian scientists... [Read More]

CRISPR upgrade promises single-letter gene editing

25 April 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Scientists have fine tuned the genome-editing tool CRISPR so that it can now edit a single 'letter' of DNA... [Read More]

Genes influence when people lose their virginity

25 April 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
Genetic factors relating to physical maturation and personality may influence the age at which people first have sex, a study has found... [Read More]

Lord John Walton, scientist and Parliamentarian, dies aged 93

25 April 2016 - by Sandy Starr
John Walton was a pioneer in myology, the field of clinical muscle research, and a key figure in Parliamentary debates about mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

Mitochondrial mutations could hamper stem cell therapies

25 April 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill
A study has found that stem cells from older people accumulate high numbers of mitochondrial DNA mutations, which could limit their therapeutic value... [Read More]

No duty to inform non-patients of genetic test results

25 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A UK court has struck out a claim brought against a hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder when testing the claimants' second cousin three years previously... [Read More]

The final frontier - mouse embryos grown in space

25 April 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
Chinese scientists have successfully grown mouse embryos in space, the first reported development of mammalian embryos in space history... [Read More]

UK court allows post-mortem DNA testing to establish paternity

25 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A UK court has allowed the DNA of a deceased man to be tested for the purposes of establishing paternity and to also confirm family medical history... [Read More]

Bedfordshire CCG considers removing all funding for IVF

18 April 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting the public on whether to remove all funding for IVF treatment, apart from for special medical exceptions... [Read More]

Donor lied about mental illness and criminal history, say US sperm bank clients

18 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Three families are suing a US sperm bank and its Canadian distributor for allegedly misleading them about the health and criminal history of their sperm donor... [Read More]

Individuals identified who appear 'resistant' to genetic disease

18 April 2016 - by Elie Diner
Scientists searching through nearly 600,000 genome sequences have found 13 'superhumans' who are symptom-free despite carrying mutations for severe childhood diseases... [Read More]

Judge criticises clinic's 'seriously deficient' care of couple after clerical blunder

18 April 2016 - by Cait McDonagh
A clerical mistake at a Sheffield IVF clinic meant that a father's status as his child's legal parent was put in doubt... [Read More]

Judge: 'Baby Gammy' was not abandoned and sister can stay with parents

18 April 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A court in Western Australia has ruled that the twin sister of Baby Gammy, who was born to a Thai surrogate in 2013, should remain with her parents in Australia... [Read More]

Scientists create functioning beta cells that could treat diabetes

18 April 2016 - by Paul Waldron
Two new studies report the creation of functioning human beta cells, which can release insulin in response to changes in blood sugar, holding promise for the treatment of diabetes... [Read More]

Start sex education early, fertility experts argue

18 April 2016 - by James Brooks
Primary school children should be given sex and fertility education to help them make informed family-planning choices in later life, fertility specialists in the UK have said... [Read More]

55-year-old becomes Britain's oldest mother of triplets

11 April 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A 55-year old woman from Boston, England, has become Britain's oldest mother of triplets... [Read More]

Blood vessel gene linked to both stroke and dementia

11 April 2016 - by Barbara Czub
A gene called FOXF2 has been linked to small vessel disease in the brain, a condition associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia... [Read More]

CRISPR can't cut it against HIV

11 April 2016 - by James Brooks
Scientists testing whether the CRISPR genome-editing technique could effectively kill HIV in infected cells have found that, while the approach works in most cases, it can also cement the virus's presence... [Read More]

Gene therapy given green light in Europe

11 April 2016 - by Rebecca Carr
A gene therapy for children with a rare but life-threatening genetic disorder that severely weakens the immune system has been recommended for approval by the European Medicines Agency... [Read More]


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