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Issue 812 (27 July 2015)

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Comment

Cutting-edge technology and mitochondrial diseases - where is the limit?
27 July 2015 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
Given the complexity of the technology, costs and risks involved, two recently described mitochondrial 'gene-correction' strategies will probably remain as proof-of-concept studies and are unlikely be of practical use in clinical medicine in the foreseeable future... [Read More]

News Digest

Chinese website sells sperm online
27 July 2015 - by Arit Udoh
Alibaba, the China-based e-commerce firm, has offered its male users up to £525 in exchange for their sperm... [Read More]
Gay parents blocked from leaving Thailand with surrogate baby
27 July 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A male same-sex couple have been stuck in Thailand with their baby daughter for the past six months, after the surrogate mother refused to allow them to leave the country claiming they are not 'an ordinary couple'... [Read More]
One night's poor sleep disrupts gene expression
27 July 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
A study mimicking the effects of shift work has found that just one night without sleep alters the expression of bodyclock genes and disrupts metabolism... [Read More]
Scientists disagree over Native American origins
27 July 2015 - by Isobel Steer
In a rare and high-profile scientific dispute, two recent genetic studies have reached opposing conclusions on the origins of Native Americans... [Read More]
Academic performance strongly influenced by genes
27 July 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
The educational achievement of British teenagers is highly heritable across a range of academic subjects, according to researchers at King's College London... [Read More]
Stem cells trigger liver regeneration
27 July 2015 - by Hannah Somers
Researchers have successfully used a stem cell transplant to induce repair and regeneration of the liver in mice... [Read More]

Reviews

TV Review: Great Ormond Street - Fix My Genes
27 July 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
In Great Ormond Street, we meet three families all facing rare genetic immune diseases. The documentary witnesses the utter anguish the families go through and the heartbreaking decisions parents have to make... [Read More]

 

 

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