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Issue 914 (21 August 2017)

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We need to talk about... CRISPR
21 August 2017 - by Giulia Cavaliere
Picture this - it's the last day in the office before the summer holidays, you're looking forward to some sunshine and warmth, email auto-response set, and all ready to go. Then, all of a sudden: the news... [Read More]

News Digest

Liquid DNA biopsies could be used for cancer screening
21 August 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
US researchers have developed a new blood test to detect cancer-related DNA alterations before patients experience symptoms... [Read More]
Sperm from stem cells could help some types of male infertility
21 August 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Cells from genetically infertile male mice have been turned into sperm, and used to produce healthy pups... [Read More]
Americans becoming open to human genome editing
21 August 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
A new survey suggests that Americans are becoming more accepting of the use of genome editing in humans, and there is strong support for more public involvement in discussions on the technology... [Read More]
Female is not 'default sex' of embryos
21 August 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
A protein that controls removal of male reproductive tissue in female mice embryos has been discovered...  [Read More]
Cancer atlas leads way to personalised treatment
21 August 2017 - by Marcia Costa
Genes linked to 17 types of cancer have been mapped in a new Pathology Atlas by Swedish researchers... [Read More]
Vitamin C slows leukaemia in mice by tweaking key gene
21 August 2017 - by Emma Laycock
High doses of vitamin C may help fight certain leukaemias by boosting the activity of a particular gene, suggests a new study... [Read More]


Book Review: A Crack in Creation - Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution
21 August 2017 - by Annabel Slater
I'm glad to see a scientist engaging so strongly in public debate about the use of technology, rather than speculating on the sidelines... [Read More]



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