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Issue 929 (04 December 2017)

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Autism, genetics and epigenetics: why the lived experience matters in research
04 December 2017 - by Dr Kristien Hens and Dr Leni Van Goidsenhoven
Popular scientific publications regularly have articles with headlines suggesting that 'autism is hereditary' or that the 'risk for developing autism' is mostly caused by genetics... [Read More]

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Gene that protects against Alzheimer's disease found
04 December 2017 - by Ewa Zotow
Researchers have discovered a gene which may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]
Synthetic DNA used to make proteins in living cells
04 December 2017 - by Dr James Heather
Two extra letters have been added to the genetic code in bacteria, bringing the number of 'letters' up to six... [Read More]
UK Parliament considers law change on single-parent surrogacy
04 December 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
A remedial order has been laid before Parliament which, if passed, will give single people the same rights as couples to become the legal parents of their surrogate-born children... [Read More]
Snuggled babies show lasting changes to their DNA
04 December 2017 - by Sam Sherratt
Close, physical contact – or the lack of it - at an early age may lead to lasting changes to the genes, suggest researchers... [Read More]
FDA okays test for many cancer-causing genes
04 December 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a test which can detect cancer-causing mutations in 324 genes... [Read More]
Study gives piercing insight into earlobe genetics
04 December 2017 - by Martha Henriques
A total of 49 genes have been found to influence earlobe shape and attachment, new research has found... [Read More]


Theatre Review: Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre
04 December 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
Of Kith and Kin is a play about surrogacy that seems to have very little to say about surrogacy... [Read More]



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Professor Azim Surani

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Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Henry Malter

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Dr Helen O'Neill

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