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Issue 828 (16 November 2015)

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Comment

Womb transplants – is surrogacy safer?
16 November 2015 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
The recent news that the Health Research Authority has given approval to a UK charity to conduct a clinical trial for womb transplants is seen as welcome news for women without wombs. But when compared to the extensive surgeries required for a womb transplant, is surrogacy not the safer option?... [Read More]

News Digest

Gene mutation may hold key to muscular dystrophy treatment
16 November 2015 - by Jenny Sharpe
Researchers have discovered a gene linked to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) after a dog bred to model the disease was found to have a protective mutation against it... [Read More]
Extreme number of mutations may impart tumour drug resistance
16 November 2015 - by Paul Waldron
Over 100 million genetic changes have been found in a single tumour, according to a new study... [Read More]
Biotech company Editas to begin human gene editing in 2017
16 November 2015 - by Ari Haque
A US biotechnology start-up co-founded by two pioneers of CRISPR technology intends to begin gene editing in humans as part of an experimental treatment to target a rare genetic eye disorder... [Read More]
Genetic analysis shows progression of moles to melanoma
16 November 2015 - by Meetal Solanki
Researchers in the USA have mapped the sequence of genetic changes from early skin lesions, such as common moles, to malignant skin cancer... [Read More]
Geneticists recognised with $3m Breakthrough Prizes
16 November 2015 - by Hannah Somers
Three geneticists have been awarded $3 million prizes for their contributions to the field of life sciences... [Read More]
FDA warns three US firms over direct-to-consumer genetic testing
16 November 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck
The US Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to three gene-testing companies over the marketing and selling of what it claims are direct-to-consumer gene testing products without its approval... [Read More]
Scientists discover sperm can 'slither'
16 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson
Researchers have discovered that human sperm have a two-dimensional 'slither' swimming mode, which enables them to swim faster when close to surfaces... [Read More]

Reviews

Theatre Review: Tomcat
16 November 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie
Tomcat is a play set in a future where state-controlled prenatal screening has eradicated all genetic conditions. Nearly all, that is... [Read More]

 

 

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