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Blood test could warn of return of skin cancer
11 December 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
UK scientists say they are closer to developing an 'early warning system' for the return of cancer in patients using a simple blood test... [Read More]
First trials of Huntington's drug show it could slow disease
11 December 2017 - by Martha Henriques
A breakthrough trial has successfully reduced levels of the harmful protein that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington's... [Read More]
First US baby born after uterus transplant
11 December 2017 - by Sam Sherratt
A woman in Texas has become the first person in the USA to give birth after receiving a uterus transplant... [Read More]




Does it matter whether infertility is a disease?
11 December 2017 - by Hane Maung
Infertility affects one in seven couples in the United Kingdom. Currently in England, state-funded treatment for infertility is available under the NHS, although availability varies across different local clinical commissioning groups. Depending on the kind of infertility, treatment may include medical interventions, surgical procedures, and assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]
Preimplantation genetic screening: unvalidated methods discard healthy embryos
11 December 2017 - by Norbert Gleicher
A seemingly brilliant hypothesis of preimplantation genetic screening arose in the 1990s when Dr Yuri Verlinsky proposed using polar body biopsies to detect chromosomal abnormalities in embryos prior to transfer in IVF... Healthy embryos are discarded by unvalidated PGS [Read More]
Autism, genetics and epigenetics: why the lived experience matters in research
04 December 2017 - by Dr Kristien Hens and Dr Leni Van Goidsenhoven
Popular scientific publications regularly have articles with headlines suggesting that 'autism is hereditary' or that the 'risk for developing autism' is mostly caused by genetics... [Read More]




Radio Review: PM - Our Fertility Journey
11 December 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
Despite concerted efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding fertility struggles, there still appears to be a 'facelessness' to this incredibly common issue, which suggests that fertility is still very much a taboo subject... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre
04 December 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
Of Kith and Kin is a play about surrogacy that seems to have very little to say about surrogacy... [Read More]
Event Review: Darwin Lecture: from gene identification to clinical benefit - the example of cystic fibrosis
27 November 2017 - by Lea Goetz
The Darwin lecture held at the UK's Royal Society of Medicine in London, and jointly organised with the Linnean Society, gives an annual look at topics in science and medicine.... [Read More]

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