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Issue 927 (20 November 2017)

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Comment

The reflex prenatal screening model seems like a step in the wrong direction
20 November 2017 - by Catherine Joynson
The new 'reflex' method of antenatal screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes was described last week as a 'transformational advance'. It might be cheaper than other approaches, but it could come at the cost of informed choice for pregnant women and couples... [Read More]
Confronting unproven stem cell treatments in Australia: The new regulation
20 November 2017 - by Dr Patrick Foong
Stem cell research holds tremendous promise for the treatment of a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, from spinal cord injury to autism. However, much more work is necessary to translate stem cell research into safe and effective therapies... [Read More]

News Digest

Real-time film shows CRISPR in action
20 November 2017 - by Helen Robertson
For the first time ever, researchers have been able to film, in real-time, the activity of the CRISPR technique on a strand of DNA... [Read More]
Gene conferring long-life identified in US Amish community
20 November 2017 - by Charlott Repschlager
A rare genetic mutation leading to longer and healthier lives has been discovered in the US Amish community... [Read More]
Lack of vitamin D linked to lower birth rates after fertility treatment
20 November 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe
Women who had fertility treatments were a third less likely to deliver a baby if they had low levels of vitamin D, compared with women who sufficient vitamin D, a review study has found... [Read More]
FDA to speed up gene therapy and regenerative medicine approvals
20 November 2017 - by Martha Henriques
The US Food and Drug Administration has announced a fast-track review process for gene therapies and other regenerative medicine treatments... [Read More]
Genetic 'sensor' spots and kill cells with key cancer gene
20 November 2017 - by Marcia Costa
A team of scientists in Germany has developed a 'sensor' that detects mutations in the key tumour suppressor gene p53 and then kills potentially cancerous cells... [Read More]
Stem cell therapy shows promise in patients with sight loss
20 November 2017 - by Jenny Sharpe
Preliminary results from two early stage clinical trials suggest that embryonic stem cells could be used to treat patients with dry age-related macular degeneration... [Read More]
Two couples sue fertility clinic for providing eggs with genetic abnormalities
20 November 2017 - by Nina Chohan
The New York fertility clinic Reproductive Medicine Associates is facing two lawsuits from couples whose children, conceived using donor eggs from the centre, have Fragile X syndrome... [Read More]
Study uses genome editing inside patient for first time
20 November 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
A new clinical trial in California marks the first time that genome editing has been used inside the body, rather than on cells such as blood or skin which can be extracted, edited outside the body, and then replaced... [Read More]

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