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DNA tests can come with a placebo effect
17 December 2018 - by Eleanor Lynam
Being aware of a genetic risk can cause a 'placebo effect', a recent study has found... [Read More]
Genes discovered for red-headedness
17 December 2018 - by Martha Henriques
The largest study of the genetics of hair colour has identified eight genes linked to redheadedness... [Read More]
Loss of two genes may drive serrated colorectal cancers
17 December 2018 - by Martha Henriques
Two genetic markers linked to an aggressive, treatment-resistant form of colorectal cancer... [Read More]
Cautious optimism at the first live birth after womb transplant from deceased donor
17 December 2018 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
The news broke on the 4 December 2018 that clinicians had achieved a successful pregnancy and live birth following a uterus transplant from a deceased donor... [Read More]
Q&A with Sally Cheshire at PET's annual conference
17 December 2018 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
The questions that followed the address to the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust on 5 December by Sally Cheshire, chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) began with a two-part enquiry... [Read More]
The HFE Act: Is it broke, and should we fix it?
17 December 2018 - by Sally Cheshire
This is the text of Sally Cheshire's speech at the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?'... [Read More]
Book Review: Your Family – A Donor Kid's Story
17 December 2018 - by Tracey Sainsbury
The new book by Wendy Kramer 'Your Family: A Donor Kid's Story' was eagerly anticipated; I was very much looking forward to having a child-friendly resource to share with clients attending implications counselling ahead of trying to conceive with donated eggs, sperm or embryos. The book was promoted for children aged five to seven, factually introducing donor conception and the presence of genetic half siblings... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Viking Code – BBC Radio 4
17 December 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
Nearly everyone in modern day Europe is descended from the Vikings: this was the revelation I discovered when listening to a recent episode of BBC Radio 4's 'The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Mike Stratton and cancer genes - The Life Scientific (BBC Radio 4)
3 December 2018 - by Nana Mensah
Question: can you name a single breast cancer gene? If we surveyed the public, BRCA would be my bet for the most common reply... [Read More]