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Issue 898 (02 May 2017)

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Comment

The CRISPR patent dispute - Europe and the US
02 May 2017 - by Brian Nolan
The European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office have been thrust into a dispute pitting the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Vienna against the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University. Scientists and inventors have been watching the decisions of the EPO and USPTO because these decisions may leave one of these entities with a patent portfolio worth billions of dollars... [Read More]
Unproven stem cell therapies – promise versus evidence
02 May 2017 - by Cathal Farrell
The ability of stem cells to divide into different mature cell types has ignited the field of regenerative medicine. Stem cells promise to repair and regenerate damaged or diseased tissues without the need for orthodox medical or surgical interventions. However, there is disparity between the expectations held by the general public and some medical professionals versus the reality of the emerging clinical evidence... [Read More]

News Digest

Autism linked to grandmothers' smoking
02 May 2017 - by Annabel Slater
A higher likelihood of autism spectrum disorder and autistic traits have been linked to maternal grandmothers smoking while pregnant... [Read More]
Artificial womb sustains premature lambs
02 May 2017 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Researchers have kept premature lambs alive for several weeks using a 'biobag' designed to mimic the conditions of a womb... [Read More]
DNA tests spot returning lung cancer a year before scans
02 May 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Blood tests for tumour DNA could predict relapse of the most common type of lung cancer up to one year before clinical signs show up on patient's scans... [Read More]
Human 'mini-brains' in lab mimic development and disease
02 May 2017 - by Sarah Gregory
New brain organoids have been created to show development of both healthy human brain cells and those associated with genetic disorders... [Read More]
Babies born through IVF have higher cancer rates
02 May 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown
Children born through IVF are at an increased risk of some childhood cancers, suggests a new study... [Read More]
UK Parliamentary committee publishes report on genomics and genome editing
02 May 2017 - by Sandy Starr
The Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament's House of Commons has published a brief report of its wide-ranging inquiry into genomics and genome editing... [Read More]

Reviews

TV Review: The Good Fight - Henceforth Known as Property
02 May 2017 - by Anthony Ryb
US spin-off legal drama 'The Good Fight' delivers a brief storyline when representing an ovarian cancer survivor whose only chance of genetic connection to a child is by gaining back custody of her previously donated eggs. [Read More]

 

 

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