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Issue 822 (05 October 2015)

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In future we'll all access our genomes online
05 October 2015 - by Terry Vrijenhoek
A recent case in the Netherlands, in which a young woman got hereditary breast cancer because she was unaware that her deceased aunt had a breast cancer gene, has sparked a debate in the country over who is responsible for passing on such information - patients or doctors... [Read More]

News Digest

New CRISPR technique could improve precision
05 October 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
Scientists have identified a new version of the gene-editing technique CRISPR, which could enable greater precision in the editing of genomes, while making its use simpler and more flexible... [Read More]
Gene test identifies breast cancer patients who can avoid chemotherapy
05 October 2015 - by Dr Nicola Davis
A genetic test that can identify women with early-stage breast cancer who can be spared unnecessary treatment with chemotherapy has been shown to be effective in a clinical study... [Read More]
Fertility clinics report number of 'virgin births'
05 October 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Single women in the UK who have never had sex are using IVF to have 'virgin births', reports the Mail on Sunday.... [Read More]
UK stem-cell trial for wet AMD goes ahead
05 October 2015 - by Jenny Sharpe
A potential treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration has been carried out for the first time... [Read More]
Reawakening of ancient virus may trigger motor neurone disease
05 October 2015 - by Hannah Somers
Reactivation of an ancient virus embedded in the human genome may trigger the onset of motor neurone disease... [Read More]
North East Essex CCG cuts IVF funding
05 October 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that it is ending its IVF funding, and fertility treatment will only be available to specific groups of patients... [Read More]
Largest catalogue of human genomic variation published
05 October 2015 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
An international team of scientists from the 1000 Genomes Project Consortium has created the world's largest catalogue of genomic differences among humans... [Read More]


Book Review: Louise Brown - My Life as the World's First Test-Tube Baby
05 October 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
'My Life as the World’s First Test-Tube Baby' is a must-read for anyone who works in this sector – especially those who are too young to remember the circumstances around Louise Brown's birth... [Read More]
Event Review: The Ethics of Mitochondrial Donation
05 October 2015 - by Dr John B Appleby
A workshop organised to facilitate further in-depth ethical discussions about mitochondrial donation was recently held at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics... [Read More]



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