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Cancer cells limit DNA repair to overcome treatment
11 November 2019 - by Laura Riggall
Colorectal cancer cells increase the rate of mutations and impair DNA repair in their genomes to become more resistant to targeted therapies, a new study suggests... [Read More]
Egg freezing petition forced to close by general election
11 November 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
The Progress Educational Trust's (PET's) #ExtendTheLimit campaign to extend the ten-year storage limit for social egg freezing gathered over 1000 signatures to its online petition in its first week... [Read More]
Genome editing seems safe suggests first study in US patients
11 November 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Early results from the first clinical trial to use CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in three cancer patients in the USA suggest the approach is safe... [Read More]
Let's grasp this opportunity to examine the potential future of screening
11 November 2019 - by Nick Meade and Dr Jayne Spink
Twenty thousand babies are to have their genomes sequenced at birth in an NHS-based pilot announced by Matt Hancock on Monday 4 November at the Genomics England Research Conference... [Read More]
Trouble in store?
4 November 2019 - by Eleri Williams
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) event 'Trouble in Store? How Not to Break the Law when Storing Embryos and Gametes' took place at Hill Dickinson LLP in London on 29 October 2019... [Read More]
Uterus transplantation: five years on from the world's first birth
4 November 2019 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
Five years ago, on 3 October 2014, the world's first birth following a uterus transplant was announced. Born in Sweden, baby Vincent's arrival made global headlines, and was followed by further births from the Swedish trial... [Read More]
Book Review: Egg Freezing, Fertility and Reproductive Choice - Negotiating Responsibility, Hope and Modern Motherhood
11 November 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
Over the last decade the number of women who have opted to freeze their eggs for social reasons has risen exponentially... [Read More]
Radio Review: 'One to One: Benjamin Zephaniah meets Richard and Terri Clothier' – BBC Radio 4 available on iPlayer
4 November 2019 - by Susan Tranfield
The psychological aspects of infertility are generally well-documented. Those who have experience of this will be all too familiar with the devastation, guilt, shame and anger that accompany the diagnosis... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The dangers of DIY genetic testing – Science Weekly, The Guardian
28 October 2019 - by Laura Riggall
By 2022 the world's consumer genetic testing market is expected to quadruple to £200 million, according to The Guardian. But while the popularity of DIY genetic testing has undergone huge expansion in recent years, doctors and scientists have called for a crackdown on tests offered by consumer genetics companies such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA... [Read More]