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Issue 804 (01 June 2015)

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What you think about the benefits and risks of whole genome sequencing
01 June 2015 - by Sandy Starr
In our recent poll on BioNews, we asked you for your views on the benefits and risks of participating in the 100,000 Genomes Project... [Read More]

News Digest

German grandmother, 65, gives birth to quadruplets
01 June 2015 - by Ana Ilic
A grandmother of seven has become the oldest woman to give birth to quadruplets, at the age of 65... [Read More]
Wild chimps have gene that may protect against HIV
01 June 2015 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Part of a gene that protects against the progression of HIV in humans has been identified in Tanzanian chimps... [Read More]
Germaine Greer criticises Elton John over surrogacy birth certificate
01 June 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
Feminist writer Germaine Greer has criticised Elton John for allowing his husband, David Furnish, to be named as the 'mother' of their sons on their birth certificates... [Read More]
Nature vs Nurture: well-matched opponents
01 June 2015 - by Ceri Durham
Researchers studying thousands of human traits have concluded that, overall, they are influenced equally by genetic and environmental factors... [Read More]
Genetic test results open to interpretation
01 June 2015 - by Dr Julia Hill
A report has warned that the interpretation of genetic tests often varies between labs and may result in incorrect clinical decisions being made... [Read More]
New pain sensitivity gene identified
01 June 2015 - by Paul Waldron
Scientists studying people who are unable to feel pain have found a gene responsible for this rare condition... [Read More]
Canada sperm property case to settle for $6.2 million
01 June 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The University of British Columbia has proposed to settle a class action involving the accidental destruction of sperm for $6.2 million... [Read More]


Book Review: One Plus One Equals One - Symbiosis and the Evolution of Complex Life
01 June 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Professor John Archibald masterfully tells the incredible tale of passionate scientists, their hair-raising experiments, and the ancient cellular alliances that spawned multicellular life as we know it... [Read More]
Book Review: Bioscience, Governance and Politics
01 June 2015 - by Ëlo Luik
John Gillott explores continuity and change in UK science governance and the effect contemporary governance regimes are having on science research... [Read More]



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