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Four-fold rise in births to women over 50 in England and Wales
18 June 2018 - by Georgia Everett
Hundreds of babies are being born every year to women aged over 50, according to official figures for England and Wales... [Read More]
Gene therapy dissolves scar tissue to heal rat spinal cord, reversing paralysis
18 June 2018 - by Rikita Patel
A novel approach to gene therapy has restored limb control to rats paralysed after spinal cord injury, new research has found... [Read More]
Genetic test identifies very highest risk men for prostate cancer
18 June 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager
Sixty-three novel gene variants linked to prostate cancer in men have been discovered... [Read More]
The strongest defence against genetic discrimination
18 June 2018 - by Professor Yann Joly
Genetic discrimination, the excessive profiling or negative treatment of individuals based on their genetic characteristics is a recurrent ethical issue and a source of psychological distress for individuals considering undertaking a genetic test... [Read More]
With great genomic data comes great responsibility
11 June 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
As part of Genomics England's Genomics Conversation initiative, the Progress Educational Trust (PET) – the charity that publishes BioNews – is producing a public event this month entitled 'With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility'... [Read More]
In depth: Our first look at the human development 'organiser cells'
4 June 2018 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
Almost a century ago, Professor Hans Spemann, a German biologist from the University of Freiburg, and his PhD student Hilde Mangold defined a group of cells in newt embryos that triggered development of the central nervous system... [Read More]
TV Review: CBS 60 Minutes – 'CRISPR'
18 June 2018 - by Isobel Steer
The world is waking up to CRISPR. American media giant CBS sets out to explain to the public what genome editing is – and why it matters – by interviewing some of the top scientists behind the technology... [Read More]
TV Review: Four men, 175 babies: Britain's Super Sperm Donors
18 June 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
As an embryologist working in a fertility clinic, I frequently use donor sperm to help individuals and couples become parents. In my little fertility clinic bubble, sperm donation is a highly regulated process... [Read More]
Book Review: 21 Miles - Swimming in Search of the Meaning of Motherhood
11 June 2018 - by Susan Tranfield
Jessica Hepburn, author of 'The Pursuit of Motherhood’, former executive director of the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and founder of Fertility Fest, underwent eleven rounds of unsuccessful IVF, multiple miscarriages and a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy in a decade... [Read More]