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Issue 836 (25 January 2016)

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Non-invasive prenatal testing in the non-Western context
25 January 2016 - by Vardit Ravitsky, Jessica Mozersky, Marsha Michie, Rayna Rapp, Megan Allyse, and Subhashini Chandrasekharan
Since its introduction in 2011, the availability of non-invasive prenatal testing has been expanding globally and rapidly. The clinical introduction of NIPT has clear benefits for pregnant women, such as reducing the need for invasive testing. But, depending on local circumstances, it also raises varying challenges and opportunities... [Read More]
Germline in the sand: The ethics and law of engineering the embryo
25 January 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
We report from the fourth session of annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'Germline in the Sand: The Ethics and Law of Engineering the Embryo', which discussed the ethics of human embryo genome editing... [Read More]

News Digest

NIH launches $280m genome-sequencing project
25 January 2016 - by Rikita Patel
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has pledged over US$280 million over the next four years to genome sequencing targeting common and rare human diseases... [Read More]
New gene mutation linked to ovarian cancer
25 January 2016 - by Isobel Steer
Scientists have identified a mutation in the gene BRIP1 that triples a woman's risk of ovarian cancer... [Read More]
Genetic marker predicts colon cancer chemotherapy outcome
25 January 2016 - by Hannah Somers
Scientists in the USA have identified a biomarker that could predict which patients with colon cancer might benefit from chemotherapy to prevent recurrences of the disease after surgical treatment.... [Read More]
Row breaks out over 'official history' of CRISPR
25 January 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
An article published in the journal Cell, providing an account of the discovery of the genome-editing technology CRISPR, has sparked fierce disagreement between the leading scientists involved in developing the technology.... [Read More]
Adult stem cells reverse multiple sclerosis in UK trial
25 January 2016 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
A stem cell treatment routinely used for bone and blood cancers is showing promise at reversing the effects of multiple sclerosis... [Read More]
Gene causes rare form of infertility in women
25 January 2016 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Chinese researchers have identified genetic mutations that cause infertility in a small number of women... [Read More]
IVF technique allows 'in womb' conception
25 January 2016 - by Dr Rachel Brown
A new IVF technique has been developed which allows fertilisation to occur in the womb rather than in the laboratory... [Read More]


Book Review: The Essential Fertility Guide
25 January 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
For couples who have difficulty in conceiving naturally, this is an excellent guide by Professor Robert Winston on the main causes of infertility... [Read More]



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