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Issue 928 (27 November 2017)

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Comment

The reflex DNA method is an improvement on current antenatal screening in the UK
27 November 2017 - by Jonathan Bestwick
Antenatal screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes with the reflex DNA method was shown in our recent study to have higher screening performance compared with the combined test alone, and compared with the proposed recall DNA method... [Read More]
Shared motherhood IVF for lesbian couples is gaining acceptance in the UK
27 November 2017 - by Daniel Bodri, Nick Macklon and Kamal Ahuja
In 2008, parliament voted to scrap the controversial 'need for a father' requirement from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act; a consideration for 'supportive parenting' took its place. Alongside legislation giving rights to civil partnership (2004) and to marriage (2014) to same-sex couples, this provided the basis for a sudden surge in fertility treatment options for single and lesbian women... [Read More]

News Digest

Gene therapy effective for treatment-resistant leukaemia
27 November 2017 - by Sam Sherratt
A new gene therapy for leukaemia is effective for a majority of patients who showed resistance to previous therapies... [Read More]
Dolly the cloned sheep did not age prematurely
27 November 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
Fears that cloning caused Dolly the Sheep to have early-onset osteoarthritis are 'unfounded', according to new research... [Read More]
Air pollution linked to poorer sperm quality
27 November 2017 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Men living in areas with higher air pollution are also more likely to have a higher proportion of abnormally shaped sperm... [Read More]
FDA issues warning on DIY gene-therapy kits
27 November 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking an active stance against the use of 'do it yourself' gene therapy kits... [Read More]
Human stem cells help paraplegic rats walk again
27 November 2017 - by Ewa Zotow
Paraplegic rats were able to walk after being treated with human stem cells. This is the first time lower body movement has been restored after an animal's spinal cord has been completely severed... [Read More]
IVF and ICSI linked to congenital heart defects in children
27 November 2017 - by Georgia Everett
Children conceived using assisted reproductive techniques have a greater risk of congenital heart defects compared with children born through spontaneous conception, according to research... [Read More]
Illumina wins NIPT patent case in UK High Court
27 November 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown
The UK Patents Court has ruled that two separate non-invasive prenatal tests infringe patents licensed by the US firm Illumina... [Read More]

Reviews

Event Review: Darwin Lecture: from gene identification to clinical benefit - the example of cystic fibrosis
27 November 2017 - by Lea Goetz
The Darwin lecture held at the UK's Royal Society of Medicine in London, and jointly organised with the Linnean Society, gives an annual look at topics in science and medicine.... [Read More]

 

 

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