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The Primary Care Genetics Society: a new initiative
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The Primary Care Genetics Society: a new initiative
27 November 2006 - by Dr Imran Rafi
The newly-formed Primary Care Genetics Society (PCGS) has been set up to raise genetic awareness in primary care. It is a non-profit making organisation which welcomes any new members who have an interest in the concept of primary care genetics, and this includes GPs, practice and district nurses, midwives, health... [Read More]
Younger eggs linked to increased lifespan?
26 November 2006 - by Zulehkha Waheed
New research from the University of Chicago in the US suggests that first-born children of young mothers have the best chance of living to 100; statistical results show this to be up to 1.7 times more likely than their siblings. Results were produced by studies from US... [Read More]
More variation discovered in our DNA
27 November 2006 - by Dr Laura Bell
New research from 13 different research centres in Britain and the US has revealed an unsuspected amount of variation between each individual's DNA. The research, published simultaneously in the journals Nature, Nature Genetics and Genome Research gives a much more comprehensive picture of human genetic variation... [Read More]
Scientists discover cardiac 'master cells'
27 November 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
US scientists have discovered 'cardiac master cells' that are able to transform into any of the three main forms of heart tissue. The heart has long been thought of as unable to regenerate itself when damaged. This research gives hope that therapies may be developed, possibly using... [Read More]
Controversial embryonic stem cell paper clarified
27 November 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
The journal Nature this week published clarification of a controversial research paper which claimed that embryonic stem (ES) cell lines could be produced by extracting a single cell from an early embryo without destroying the embryo. Dr Robert Lanza of US biotechnology company Advanced Cell Technologies and... [Read More]
Californian stem cell institute receives $181 million in loans
27 November 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
California's stem cell institute is to be given a cash injection of $181 million to fund research through to the end of next year. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) will be given a $150 million loan from the state and has raised the extra $31... [Read More]
UK woman makes final embryo appeal
22 November 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The UK woman fighting to use stored frozen embryos created using her former partner's sperm made a final appeal last week, to the Grand Chamber of the European Court. Natallie Evans started fertility treatment with Howard Johnston in 2001, but he withdrew his consent for the... [Read More]

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