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Issue 854 (06 June 2016)

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Shock! Horror! Or business as usual?
06 June 2016 - by Professor Susan Bewley
As a long-time obstetric ringside observer, it seems to me that unnecessary and expensive treatments are de rigeur in the fertility industry, something that's haunted the field for decades... [Read More]

News Digest

Scientists present plan to build a human genome
06 June 2016 - by Rebecca Carr
A group of 25 scientists have proposed an ambitious plan to create a synthetic human genome from scratch... [Read More]
Dutch government seeks to allow creation of human embryos for research
06 June 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad
The Dutch government is planning to change the law to allow for the creation of human embryos for research... [Read More]
Australian documentary accuses IVF clinics of peddling false hope
06 June 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
An Australian documentary has claimed that women over 40 are being misled about their chances of conceiving via IVF treatment when using their own eggs... [Read More]
Mutation for rare form of multiple sclerosis could be 'genetic smoking gun'
06 June 2016 - by Dr Lucy Freem
A gene variant has been linked to early onset multiple sclerosis in a small number of cases, lending weight to the hypothesis that genetic factors underlie multiple sclerosis more widely... [Read More]
BRCA database now holds data on 6200 variants
06 June 2016 - by Dr James Heather
After one year of existence, the BRCA Share database has released details on its progress in collating information on variants of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes... [Read More]
MIT CRISPR team turn to RNA
06 June 2016 - by Ayala Ochert and Amina Yonis
The team that developed the CRISPR/Cas9 DNA-editing technique have now developed a new system that could allow RNA editing... [Read More]
Second gene therapy wins approval in Europe
06 June 2016 - by Rachel Reeves
The European Commission has granted marketing authorisation for a gene therapy to treat children with an extremely rare, life-threatening genetic disorder... [Read More]


Radio Review: Dangerous Visions - Brave New World
06 June 2016 - by Susan Tranfield
The latest episode in Radio 4's Dangerous Visions series is a new adaptation of Aldhous Huxley's iconic dystopian novel, set just 100 years in the future... [Read More]



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