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Issue 896 (10 April 2017)

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Comment

The media, synthetic biology and CRISPR - fears vs. reality
10 April 2017 - by Sean Byrne
A recent Wall Street Journal article, 'DIY Gene Editing: Fast, Cheap — and Worrisome', describes the Saturday afternoon of teenager, Kian Sadeghi, as he learns to use CRISPR/Cas9 at the Genspace Community Lab in Brooklyn, New York. Like many news articles, the main angle of the article is that new science and technology present a problem... [Read More]

News Digest

Autism stem cell trial reports improvement in symptoms
10 April 2017 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Children with autism spectrum disorder who received infusions of their own stem cells from banked umbilical cord blood as part of a clinical trial have no apparent lasting adverse effects after one year... [Read More]
Gene for sound sleep identified
10 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater
A gene has been linked to quality of sleep... [Read More]
Gene linked to depression, and largest genetic study launched
10 April 2017 - by Sarah Gregory
Researchers have identified a gene variant that increases the risk of depression, while elsewhere the largest genetic study testing for risk factors gets underway... [Read More]
'Night owl' gene identified
10 April 2017 - by Caroline Casey
Researchers in the US have identified a gene mutation that causes a person's internal body clock to run slowly, leading to delayed sleep and difficulty in waking early... [Read More]
FDA approves home genetic tests for 10 diseases
10 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first genetic test to estimate an individual's risk of disease that can be sold directly to consumers... [Read More]
Older eggs less fertile due to poor cell division
10 April 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Researchers in Canada have found that age-related infertility may be due to older eggs dividing poorly, leading to errors in chromosome number... [Read More]
Surrogate to keep custody of baby following appeal
10 April 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
A decision granting custody of a baby to a surrogate has been upheld by the Court of Appeal... [Read More]

Reviews

Radio Review: Seriously - The Great Egg Freeze
10 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater
The contradictions of the burgeoning egg freezing industry are lucidly demonstrated out in The Great Egg Freeze, a radio documentary by journalist Fi Glover... [Read More]

 

 

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