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Issue 905 (19 June 2017)

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The fertility sector should lead the debate on IVF add-ons
19 June 2017 - by BioNews
The first in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]

News Digest

Three mutations could make bird flu more infectious to humans
19 June 2017 - by Helen Robertson
Scientists have identified three potential genetic mutations that could allow a dangerous strain of avian influenza to spread between humans... [Read More]
Blood test for testicular cancer a step closer
19 June 2017 - by Meetal Solanki
Testing for certain genes could identify men with a ten-fold increased risk of testicular cancer, suggests a new study... [Read More]
Fetal immune system is active, not immature
19 June 2017 - by Cara Foley
The fetal immune system is more mature in the second trimester than previously thought, which could assist research into diseases, miscarriage and immune tolerance, researchers say... [Read More]
Genes for insomnia discovered
19 June 2017 - by Lea Goetz
Researchers have found seven risk genes for insomnia through two large genome-wide and gene-based association studies... [Read More]
Trial starts for Australian nurse in Cambodia surrogacy case
19 June 2017 - by Ryan Ross
The trial of a nurse accused of running an illegal overseas surrogacy service began in Cambodia last week... [Read More]
Vitamin C and antibiotic combination offers new approach to cancer
19 June 2017 - by Rachel Reeves
Cancer stem cells, thought to be the root cause of tumour recurrence, could be eradicated using vitamin C and antibiotics, suggests a new study... [Read More]
Controversial doctor to use MRT technique for over 40s fertility
19 June 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The fertility doctor who led the team which produced the world's first baby through mitochondrial replacement therapy is now looking to use the same technique in a commercial venture... [Read More]
Biotech companies criticise CRISPR mutation study
19 June 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
Two major biotech companies have criticised a recent study that claimed CRISPR may cause hundreds of unwanted mutations... [Read More]


Video Review: What is genome editing and how does it work?
19 June 2017 - by Kess Rowe
Genome editing is currently a hot topic. This is partly because of its promise in potentially treating genetic diseases and improving farmed crops; but also because it raises many ethical debates regarding safety and moral responses to this advancement... [Read More]



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