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Issue 904 (12 June 2017)

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Genetic disorders: empowering patients and families through information
12 June 2017 - by Arti Patel
'I've got the diagnosis, now what?' is one of the first questions families ask when they contact us at Unique, the UK-based organisation for rare chromosome and genomic disorders... [Read More]
Flushed with success, but we will still need IVF
12 June 2017 - by Stuart Lavery and George Christopoulos
The recent study from Dreyer et al examining the chance of natural pregnancy following hysterosalpingography has provoked a significant amount of interest in the lay press, with suggestions that this well established diagnostic fertility test could be offered therapeutically and be considered as an alternative to IVF... [Read More]

News Digest

Two blood cancers treated successfully with immunotherapy
12 June 2017 - by Ebtehal Moussa
Two trials of a new gene therapy have successfully treated blood cancers in patients who were unresponsive to standard treatment... [Read More]
Genes influence ability to read people's minds through their eyes
12 June 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
Our ability to read people's thoughts and emotions through their eyes is influenced by our DNA, new research suggests... [Read More]
Gene therapy hope for allergies and asthma
12 June 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
Life-threatening allergies and asthma could one day be treated by a single injection, say researchers who have successfully treated mice using gene therapy... [Read More]
Ovarian cancer drug could treat BRCA-related breast cancer
12 June 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
A drug treatment for ovarian cancer has shown success against inherited breast cancer... [Read More]
Fetuses prefer to gaze at face-like shapes
12 June 2017 - by Cara Foley
Fetuses in the late stages of pregnancy move their heads towards shapes that resemble faces, suggesting that the ability to recognise faces may be innate... [Read More]
Promise of blood test to predict course of Huntington's disease
12 June 2017 - by Lea Goetz
Scientists have identified the first promising biomarker for Huntington's disease (HD) that could be harnessed in a simple blood test to predict disease onset and progression... [Read More]
DNA blood test could lead to early cancer detection
12 June 2017 - by Hannah Somers
A highly-sensitive DNA blood test could help detect cancer years before tumours are detected... [Read More]


Event Review: Exploring the sociology of mitochondrial donation
12 June 2017 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand and Dr Rebecca Dimond
The UK's first symposium to discuss the sociology of mitochondrial disorders and novel reproductive technologies took place on 5 May 2017 in London. The event aimed to develop sociological thought around mitochondrial donation, based on invited contributions from social scientists who have conducted empirical research... [Read More]



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