The Fertility Show, London, 3-4 November 2018
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Epigenetic test sorts fatal from manageable prostate cancer
22 October 2018 - by Isobel Steer
Researchers have identified a DNA methylation signature that can identify aggressive prostate cancer, with up to 92 percent accuracy... [Read More]
Genome editing treats inherited liver disease PKU in mice
22 October 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager
Researchers have successfully used genome editing in mice to correct a genetic mutation that causes the liver disease phenylketonuria (PKU)... [Read More]
Scientists call for controversial heart stem cell trial to be stopped
22 October 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Clinicians and researchers have petitioned that a clinical trial for a stem-cell based treatment for heart disease be halted, as some of the results on which it was based have been called into question... [Read More]
Bring on the bots: Chatbots will make genetic counselling services more accessible
22 October 2018 - by Tara Schmidlen and Amy Curry Sturm
It's 2018, and Alexa has become a common household name. The iPhone just turned 10 and roughly two-thirds of adults worldwide own a smartphone. About 84 percent of the global population lives in an area where mobile broadband access is available. At the same time, genetic testing has become more affordable and accessible to consumers, with direct-to-consumer genetic testing pioneer, 23andMe, now boasting five million users in over 50 countries... [Read More]
Whose genome is it anyway? Big Data and your DNA
15 October 2018 - by Annabel Slater
DNA is effectively data. If we are concerned about the data stored on our phones and computers, on social media sites and government servers, should we extend our concern to our DNA? ... [Read More]
Men are not getting adequate care for infertility
8 October 2018 - by Professor Sheena Lewis
There has been much media interest in male infertility care this year, but two major issues have stood out. The first is the inadequacy of care for the man, from incomplete diagnosis to non-information about his treatment choices. The second is the use of a vulnerable woman to undergo invasive fertility treatment in order to treat a third party – her male partner. This is unparalleled in other branches of medicine... [Read More]
Film Review: Thank You For Coming
22 October 2018 - by Georgia Everett
Watching this film truly brought me into the shoes of a donor-conceived child. As an embryologist, I’ve been trained to be empathetic and well-counselled on the rollercoaster that is fertility treatment, but film-maker Sara Lamm’s search for her donor father opened a world of emotions I had yet to consider... [Read More]
Radio Review: Fertility and the Environment – BBC Radio 4
22 October 2018 - by Dr Elizabeth Oliver
A dystopian world where environmental pollutants are leading to sterility of the human race – fiction, or a stark reality of where we are heading?... [Read More]
Book Review: Dreams Before the Start of Time
15 October 2018 - by Susan Tranfield
'Dreams Before the Start of Time', a novel by Ann Charnock, 2018 winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for SFX Book of the Year, begins in a not-so-distant possible future. In this world, humans exert so much control over reproduction that, over the course of just 100 years, the notion of gestating a fetus in its mother's womb comes to be viewed with pity if not downright hostility... [Read More]