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Who cares about the 'gay gene'?
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Who cares about the 'gay gene'?
26 April 1999 - by Juliet Tizzard
It's official: there is no such thing as a gene for homosexuality. Well, sort of. A number of articles in last week's press reported on new research from the University of Western Ontario that failed to demonstrate a link between a gene on the X chromosome and homosexuality in men... [Read More]
Selected biotech news
26 April 1999 - by BioNews
Shield Diagnostics has signed an exclusive deal with Gemini Holdings which will allow them to develop Gemini's DNA based test for a gene that causes a predisposition to brittle-bone disease. Shield Diagnostics said the test could have other applications. The colourful banker, Mungo Parks, who masterminded Nomura International's attempt to... [Read More]
Icelandic gene database causes more controversy
26 April 1999 - by BioNews
The World Medical Association (WMA) has come out in support of the Icelandic Medical Association in its opposition to the setting up of a national health sector gene database which would cover the entire population of Iceland. The decision was made at the WMA council meeting two weeks ago in... [Read More]
Spanish Commission cautious on cloning
26 April 1999 - by BioNews
Spain's National Commission on Assisted Reproduction has issued a series of recommendations to the government on a variety of issues in assisted reproduction, including the live issue of reproductive and therapeutic uses of cloning technology as well as familiar issues surrounding embryo and gamete freezing. The commission's report underlines the... [Read More]
Gene therapy trial for cystic fibrosis
26 April 1999 - by BioNews
The possibility of a genetic treatment for cystic fibrosis has moved a step closer with the start of a gene therapy trial at Stanford University Medical Center in California. The treatment involves the delivery, by aerosol, to the patient's lungs of a manufactured version of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance... [Read More]
Application for embryo splitting licence
26 April 1999 - by BioNews
A British doctor has submitted an application to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the UK's regulatory body, to carry out embryo splitting. The notorious Paul Rainsbury, consultant gynaecologist at the BUPA Roding Hospital in Essex, argues that embryo splitting would allow a woman to increase the number of... [Read More]
Prenatal blood test
26 April 1999 - by BioNews
British obstetricians announced at a conference last week that they are close to developing a prenatal test with no attendant risk of miscarriage. The team of doctors from Imperial College, London and Queen Charlotte's Hospital are currently working to perfect a procedure that would allow the detection of genetic and... [Read More]
New study on 'gay gene'
26 April 1999 - by BioNews
A study investigating the genetic basis of homosexuality has failed to support research published six years ago suggesting the existence of a 'gay gene'. A team of scientists led by Dean Hamer, an American Aids researcher, caused controversy in 1993 when it published results of a study claiming to have... [Read More]

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