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Somatic

Relating to parts of our biology that cannot be inherited by the next generation (all body cells apart from egg and sperm cells, and their precursors).



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Americans becoming open to human genome editing

21 August 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

A new survey suggests that Americans are becoming more accepting of the use of genome editing in humans, and there is strong support for more public involvement in discussions on the technology... [Read More]

Sperm in space produce healthy mouse pups on Earth

30 May 2017 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

Mouse sperm stored aboard the International Space Station for nine months has been used to produce healthy pups back on Earth... [Read More]

UK Parliamentary committee publishes report on genomics and genome editing

02 May 2017 - by Sandy Starr

The Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament's House of Commons has published a brief report of its wide-ranging inquiry into genomics and genome editing... [Read More]

Major US report supports human genome editing

20 February 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

An influential advisory group has given cautious support to the idea of making heritable changes to the human genome in order to treat or prevent disease... [Read More]

New genetic links to pancreatic cancer discovered

20 February 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

Researchers have used whole-genome sequencing to uncover new mutations responsible for a rare type of pancreatic cancer... [Read More]

ACMG recommends caution on genome editing

06 February 2017 - by Rachel Siden

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics has published a statement recommending caution over the clinical application of genome editing... [Read More]

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in conversation with Dr Roger Highfield

16 January 2017 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey

The third session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference featured Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in conversation with Roger Highfield, former Telegraph science editor and now Director of External Affairs for the Science Museum Group... [Read More]

Healthy mice created from eggs and sperm without conventional fertilisation

19 September 2016 - by Paul Waldron

Unfertilised mouse egg cells that have been made to divide can develop into healthy offspring by the injection of sperm, according to a new study... [Read More]

Event Review: Gene editing – exploring the Canadian context

12 September 2016 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Professor Bartha Knoppers, Professor Timothy Caulfield, Professor Rosario Isasi, Erika Kleiderman, and Professor Michael Rudnicki

Gene editing, in particular CRISPR/Cas9 technology, is sweeping the scientific world and has been receiving ample attention from policymakers worldwide. Policy statements and academic papers regarding responsible ways of moving forward with gene editing have already been published... [Read More]

Growing sperm in the lab: an embryonic science

07 March 2016 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

A recent announcement that scientists had created functioning spermatozoids from mouse embryonic stem cells in the lab made quite a splash in the media. However, one key point seemed to be overlooked... [Read More]

Genetically identical twins born with different eye and skin colour

28 February 2016 - by Hannah Somers

Two baby girls from County Durham are thought to be the first genetically identical twins in the UK to be born with different eye and skin colour... [Read More]

Genome editing and CRISPR: The science of engineering the embryo

18 January 2016 - by Dr Jess Buxton

We report from the third session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'Genome Editing and CRISPR: The Science of Engineering the Embryo', which discussed these new technologies and how they might be used in the future... [Read More]

What is the germline?

21 December 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

We report from the first session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: the Science and the Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', in which Professor Azim Surani discussed the germline... [Read More]

Summit agrees genome editing to proceed, with caution

07 December 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

An international summit has agreed conditions under which human genome editing, using techniques like CRISPR, should proceed... [Read More]

Human stem cells 'printed' in 3D

09 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson

Scientists have reported on a method that allows successful 3D bioprinting of adult stem cells... [Read More]

Gene editing of human embyros must be allowed, says Hinxton group

14 September 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

The influential Hinxton group has said that the genetic modification of human embryos should be allowed... [Read More]

Obesity findings set precedent for GWAS research

07 September 2015 - by Dr James Heather

Recent findings linking the FTO gene to adipose cell energy use not only revealed a molecular mechanism that contributes to obesity, but they are also an exemplar of how genome-wide association study findings can make the journey to clinical relevance... [Read More]

Tests on world's oldest woman reveal 'stem cell exhaustion' and hundreds of genetic mutations

28 April 2014 - by James Brooks

Blood tests of a woman who lived to 115 have revealed that when she died the majority of the white blood cells in her body originated from just two stem cells... [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]

Ageing process determined by mum's DNA

27 August 2013 - by Matthew Thomas

Genetic mutations passed on from mothers may speed up the ageing process and shorten life expectancy, according to a study on mice... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

System Biology Tools and Preclinical Models for Translational Research in Endometriosis and Adhesion Formation: Lessons from Cancer and Inflammation Biology
04 September 2009  Auditorium GA1, Campus Onderwijs en Navorsing, Gasthuisberg Herestraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
A course addressing state-of-the-art research methodology in systems biology...


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