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PGD for early onset Alzheimer's disease: Preventing disease...not the cure
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PGD for early onset Alzheimer's disease: Preventing disease...not the cure
17 April 2007 - by Dr Alan Thornhill
We are currently planning to help the first British couple have a baby free from the risk of developing early-onset Alzheimer's disease (EOAD). Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for this disease, which affects individuals in middle age (40s and 50s) - rather than the more common Alzheimer's whose effects are suffered considerably... [Read More]
Bone marrow transplant hope for diabetes
16 April 2007 - by Heidi Nicholl
A research team comprised of scientists in Brazil and Northwestern University, Chicago has shown that they were able to reverse or halt the progression of Type 1 diabetes in newly diagnosed individuals using injections of the patients' own stem cells. Of the fifteen volunteers treated, all but... [Read More]
Scientists grow sperm from human bone marrow
16 April 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
Scientists have claimed success in growing immature sperm cells from bone marrow, which they hope to employ in fertility treatments within five years. Professor Karim Nayernia, and his team from the Universities of Gšttingen and the Medical School of Hanover, took stem cell samples from the bone... [Read More]
Common gene variant affects risk of obesity
17 April 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
UK researchers have discovered that a common gene variant helps explain why some people are more prone to gaining excess weight than others. Adults and children with two copies of a particular version of the FTO gene are, on average, three kilograms heavier than people who... [Read More]
First monkey genome decoded
17 April 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
US scientists have unveiled a completed version of an entire monkey genome, that of the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta). The researchers, based at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and 34 collaborating institutions, hope that their findings will help explain key differences between monkeys... [Read More]
Validity of South Korean cloned wolf research questioned
17 April 2007 - by MacKenna Roberts
The journal Cloning and Stem Cells has announced on its website that it has pulled a scientific research paper from publication, pending the outcome of an investigation into the research data's accuracy. The research was submitted by a team of researchers at Seoul National University (SNU) led... [Read More]
US Senate approves measures to ease stem cell research
17 April 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Senate has passed two pieces of legislation designed to relax the restrictions on stem cell research in the US. It has approved a much-anticipated bill to ease current restrictions on human embryonic stem cell (ES) research, allowing for federal funding to be used for research on... [Read More]
Doubt cast over predictive genetic tests for heart disease
17 April 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has cast doubt over the accuracy of predictive genetic tests for acute coronary syndromes (ACS). A team lead by Dr Thomas Morgan, formally of the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, studied DNA samples... [Read More]

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