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A new year, and a new chair for PET
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A new year, and a new chair for PET
10 January 2005 - by Laura Riley
Changes are afoot behind the scenes at Progress Educational Trust (PET), the UK charity that writes and publishes BioNews. Professor Marcus Pembrey has recently stepped down as Chair of PET after twelve years of dedicated and productive voluntary service. We're pleased to announce that the PET Chair is now David... [Read More]
Stem cell-gene therapy hope for cystic fibrosis
23 December 2004 - by BioNews
People affected by cystic fibrosis (CF) could potentially be treated with their own bone marrow cells, say US scientists. A team based at the University of Pittsburgh has shown that stem cells from bone marrow are able to grow into epithelial cells, which line the airways of the lungs. The... [Read More]
Controversy over genetic test for athletic ability
23 December 2004 - by BioNews
An Australian company is offering a genetic test it claims can identify children who have the potential to excel at either sprinting and 'power' sports or endurance events, the Times reports. The test, available online, is based on research published last year linking variations in the ACTN3 gene to differences... [Read More]
Pharmacogenetic test approved in US
10 January 2005 - by BioNews
A 'gene chip' test that helps predict how people will react to certain medicines has now been approved for sale in the US by the Food and Drug administration (FDA). The AmpliChip Cytochrome P450, launched in 2003 by Swiss firm Roche Diagnostics, is one of the first commercial applications of... [Read More]
Cloned pet cat for $50,000
10 January 2005 - by BioNews
An American woman has become the first owner of a commercially cloned pet. Julie, an airline worker from Dallas, paid $50,000 to a Californian company to clone her pet cat Nicky, who died last year aged 17. Little Nicky, as the new kitten has been named, was born last October... [Read More]
Romanian woman set to become world's oldest mother
10 January 2005 - by BioNews
A Romanian woman is set to become the world's oldest mother at the age of 67. Adriana Iliescu, a retired university lecturer, is said to be almost seven months pregnant with twin girls following ten years of fertility treatment. She also underwent hormone treatment for nine years to delay her... [Read More]
Extra copies of gene protect against HIV
10 January 2005 - by BioNews
US scientists have identified a genetic variation that partly explains people's different susceptibility to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The findings could help doctors tailor treatment to their patients' genetic make-up, say the team, who published their results in the early online edition of the journal Science. Scientists have... [Read More]
Stem cell hope for Parkinson's disease
10 January 2005 - by BioNews
A Japanese team of researchers has used embryonic stem cells to successfully repair the brain damage caused by Parkinson's disease in monkeys. The team, based at Kyoto University, used monkey embryo stem cells to produce nerve cells, which they transplanted into the brains of monkeys affected by a primate model... [Read More]
Gamete donation campaign to be launched in UK
10 January 2005 - by BioNews
The UK's Department of Health is to launch a new national campaign to recruit egg and sperm donors in the country. It hopes to prevent further shortages of donors, a problem that has been exacerbated by new regulations, coming into force in April, which will remove anonymity from all future... [Read More]
Surrogate gives birth to her own triplet grandchildren
10 January 2005 - by BioNews
A 55-year old US grandmother has given birth to triplets - her own grandchildren - for her daughter. Tina Cade, from Virginia, carried the children for her daughter, Camille Hammond, who suffers from endometriosis, a condition affecting the lining of the uterus that makes it difficult to conceive naturally or sustain... [Read More]
Machine to sort damaged sperm developed
10 January 2005 - by BioNews
Scientists in Australia have developed a sperm-sorting machine that can separate damaged sperm from healthy sperm during IVF treatment, increasing the chance of infertile or sub-fertile men being able to have their own genetic children. The machine - called Gradiflow - will be tested in clinical trials later this year. The new... [Read More]

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