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An exact genetic replica of a living thing. Clones may occur naturally, or, in the case of cloned animals and plants, be produced in the laboratory using somatic cell nuclear transfer technology.

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Unlocking the genetics of breast cancer

07 April 2014 - by Baroness Delyth Morgan

The news of Angelina Jolie's mastectomy last year brought breast cancer genetics, risk and prevention into the international spotlight. Her decision was only possible due to the efforts of researchers, over the past twenty years and more, to identify the inherited genetic mutations... [Read More]

Embryonic stem cell production breakthrough achieved in mice

31 March 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

A technique to generate mouse embryonic stem cells could, if repeated in human cells, improve access to stem cells by using fertilised eggs that would previously have been discarded... [Read More]

Conservative MP says mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children'

17 March 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey

The Conservative MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has said that mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children' with 'three parents', and was 'effectively cloning'... [Read More]

Radio Review: Inside Science - The Personal Genome Project

09 December 2013 - by María Victoria Rivas Llanos

The Personal Genome Project (PGP) was launched in the UK the last November. The project, which was set up in USA in 2005, works on open access of genome sequence information of the 100,000 expected participants... [Read More]

Event Review: Sexuality After Genetics - The New Science of Gender

16 September 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

It might seem a bit simplistic to start a review of a debate with the dictionary definition, but after watching Professor Tim Spector's and Dr Helena Cronin's debate on the new science of gender, I just had to go back and check.... [Read More]

John Lennon is dead. Long live John G2 (or not)

02 September 2013 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

I could tell straight away that Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, who invested in John Lennon's rotten molar in the hope of cloning the great musician, is a big fan of Michael Crichton's 'Jurassic Park'... [Read More]

Tomorrow never knows: dentist hopes to clone John Lennon from rotten tooth

27 August 2013 - by Anna Cauldwell

Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, who spent almost £20,000 on one of John Lennon's rotten molars at an auction in 2011, now plans to sequence Lennon's DNA in the hope of cloning him.... [Read More]

The dogma that had its day

15 July 2013 - by Professor John Galloway

It is not given to many to overturn a central dogma of scientific faith. But last year, John Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for doing it... [Read More]

Human embryonic stem cells created via cloning

20 May 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley

Embryonic stem cells have been created from human skin cells for the first time by US scientists using a cloning technique... [Read More]

Book Review: Families - Beyond the Nuclear Ideal

11 February 2013 - by Robert Pralat

'Families: Beyond the nuclear ideal' discusses various 'alternative' family forms in Western societies, examining the arguments behind the celebration and criticism of specific types of family that depart from the norm... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Sir John Gurdon

04 February 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

Shortly after being awarded the 2012 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine, Professor Sir John Gurdon was interviewed for the BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Life Scientific'... [Read More]

Event Review: Have Your Say on Mitochondria Replacement (Manchester)

03 December 2012 - by Dr Iain Brassington

Under the law as it stands in the UK, only 'permitted' embryos may be implanted into a woman. Permitted embryos are those that have not been genetically modified, and are not formed from genetically modified gametes... [Read More]

What Gurdon and Yamanaka's Nobel Prize means to the stem cell community

15 October 2012 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

It took 50 years for the Nobel committee to acknowledge one of the key developments in biology... [Read More]

Professors Gurdon and Yamanaka awarded Nobel Prize for work on stem cells

08 October 2012 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Professor Sir John Gurdon of the University of Cambridge has been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on stem cells. He shares the prize for medicine or physiology with Professor Shinya Yamanaka from Japan... [Read More]

Theatre Review: A Number

24 September 2012 - by Dr Lucy Freem

A Number is about identity, ownership, the desire for a second chance and - here's the science hook - reproductive cloning. This tenth anniversary reading of Caryl Churchill's play was followed by a discussion panel... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Reunion - Dolly the Sheep

24 September 2012 - by Dr Amy Strange

In February 1997, sheep 6LL3 made global front page news. Better known as 'Dolly', she was the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell... [Read More]

The House of Lords inquiry into regenerative medicine: mapping the UK route for the commercialisation of cell therapies

20 August 2012 - by Dr Emily Culme-Seymour

The UK House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has launched an inquiry into cell therapy and regenerative medicine to take place this autumn... [Read More]

The far-stretching reach of Mississippi's personhood amendment

21 November 2011 - by Dr Morven Shearer

On 8 November the Mississippi electorate voted against an amendment to the Bill of Rights in their state Constitution which would have redefined life as beginning at the moment of fertilisation – the so-called 'personhood amendment' (Proposition 26)... [Read More]

An embryo is not a person say Mississippi voters

14 November 2011 - by Rachel Lyons

Voters in the US state of Mississippi have voted against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined life as beginning at fertilisation. The proposed amendment would have afforded embryos and fetuses – whether conceived naturally or artificially - similar legal protection as that covering all US citizens but was rejected by over 55 per cent of voters on 8 November... [Read More]

Event Review: Playing God - Who Should Regulate Reproductive Medicine?

24 October 2011 - by Dr Djuke Veldhuis

Should women who choose their career first, and children second, be allowed to receive IVF on the NHS at an age when some would consider it 'unnatural'? Now ask whether it's acceptable for young soldiers fighting in Afghanistan to store their sperm in case they don't come back. And the questions surrounding reproductive medicine don't end there: after insemination, how much screening or manipulation of genetic material is reasonable?... [Read More]

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Techniques and Applications of Molecular Biology
13 July 2009  Department of Biological Sciences, Gibbet Hill Campus, Gibbet Hill Road, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
A course for those who wish to develop their understanding of genetic engineering techniques... [Read More]

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