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Issue 913 (14 August 2017)

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Why the decline in sperm concentration needs research you can count on
14 August 2017 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Twenty-five years ago, I recall sitting in a journal club in which the collective minds tore apart the then recently published (and still much quoted) meta-analysis by Elizabeth Carlsen, 'Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50 years'. This BMJ paper made the headlines in 1992... [Read More]

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Parliamentary panel suggests liberal reforms to India surrogacy bill
14 August 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A number of liberal reforms to the Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016 have been proposed by India's parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare... [Read More]
Faster diagnosis hope for mitochondrial disease
14 August 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A new approach to genetic analysis may lead to a faster way to diagnose mitochondrial disease... [Read More]
Dozens of new gene targets for cancer immunotherapy found
14 August 2017 - by Ebtehal Moussa
Over a 100 new genes that may be essential for cancer immunotherapy to work have been identified using a new CRISPR-based screen... [Read More]
RNA editing with CRISPR could treat genetic diseases
14 August 2017 - by Emma Lamb and Annabel Slater
Scientists have repurposed CRISPR to target the repetitive RNA sequences responsible for several genetic diseases... [Read More]
Pig organ transplants a step closer as CRISPR removes viruses
14 August 2017 - by Cara Foley
Ancient viral genes have been eliminated from pigs using the genome editing tool CRISPR, according to research... [Read More]
EPO awards CRISPR patent to European biotech
14 August 2017 - by Ryan Ross
German-based company MilliporeSigma has announced that the European Patent Office intends to approve its CRISPR patent for use in eukaryotic cells... [Read More]
FDA reprimands US doctor trying to commercialise MRT
14 August 2017 - by Georgia Everett
The Food and Drug Administration has warned a US fertility doctor to stop marketing mitochondrial replacement therapy – a technique involving the creation of an embryo with DNA from three people... [Read More]
NHS cutbacks worsen IVF 'postcode lottery' in England
14 August 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Funding cuts by the UK's National Health Service has meant that 13 areas in England have restricted or halted IVF treatment since the start of 2017, according to Fertility Network UK... [Read More]


Event Review: Is Dementia Inherited?
14 August 2017 - by Sarah Gregory
After the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference for scientific researchers was held in London this summer, and the subsequent flurry of media interest, the UK dementia charity Alzheimer's Society announced an event for the public to discuss the much asked question: is dementia inherited?... [Read More]



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