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House of Lords gives green light to mitochondrial donation
25 February 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]

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]





Mitochondrial donation, Peers and the public
23 February 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
Earlier this month, a large majority of MPs voted in favour of Regulations that permit mitochondrial donation to be used in treatment. But mitochondrial donation will not become lawful in the UK unless the House of Lords also supports the Regulations, and the deciding vote is due to take place on 24 February... [Read More]

The 23andMe experience - a lot of knowledge is of little help?
23 February 2015 - by Alison Lashwood
The 23andMe test and other similar direct-to-consumer genetic tests are likely here to stay. Those in favour see them as a way of engaging the public with science and making it fun, but there are problematic aspects, too... [Read More]

Leading the way on mitochondrial donation
16 February 2015 - by Professor Frances Flinter
Over the last 30 years I have met some remarkable families, from whom I have learned about the rewards and challenges of caring for relatives with incurable genetic conditions.... [Read More]





Event Review: 'Do You Really Want to Know?' screening by Genetic Alliance UK
23 February 2015 - by Sean Byrne
Do you really want to know? This was the question presented in the award-winning documentary of the same title, and to the panel in a discussion that followed its recent screening by Genetic Alliance UK... [Read More]

Radio Review: Exchanges at the Frontier - Genomics
23 February 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Within the first minute, it is already clear that genomic sequencing is something of a Pandora's Box; or, as AC Grayling calls it, 'a modern dilemma'... [Read More]

Book Review: Good Science - The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research
16 February 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The emergence of stem cell research has been one of the most transformative biological advances of the last decade. In 'Good Science', Charis Thompson outlines the ethical back and forth that was often the public face of this rapidly advancing science... [Read More]

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