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CONTENTS Issue #555
Gene-ecology interactions and psychological disorders
Adieu Ailsa, Greetings Gabrielle
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Gene-ecology interactions and psychological disorders
26 April 2010 - by Dr Tom Dickins and Sima Sandhu
The models emerging from behavioural biology are increasingly sophisticated. They do not undermine the quest for candidate genes, but rather augment our understanding of why those genes might persist in populations and be differentially expressed across circumstances.... [Read More]
Adieu Ailsa, Greetings Gabrielle
26 April 2010 - by Sarah Norcross
This week's edition of BioNews will be the last with our current Genetics Editor, Ailsa Taylor, at the helm. Ailsa is leaving BioNews after three years with us, and is joining Cancer Research UK where she will work full-time as Science Press Officer. Of course, we wish her every success there... [Read More]
Obesity-related gene variant linked to brain shrinking
26 April 2010 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
The obesity-related gene FTO also plays a role in loss of brain tissue, according to a US study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last week... [Read More]
Two quit board of Canadian fertility watchdog
26 April 2010 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
Two board members of the Canadian federal agency 'Assisted Human Reproduction Canada' have unexpectedly quit. This follows the resignations of four senior staff members last year... [Read More]
Been there, sperm donated and got the t-shirt
26 April 2010 - by Ben Jones and Dr Vivienne Raper
Should egg and sperm donors be rewarded with souvenir mugs and T-shirts? An independent think tank has launched a consultation to consider this and other radical ideas for increasing donations... [Read More]
Genetic code evolved almost inevitably, study finds
26 April 2010 - by Sarah Pritchard
Researchers studying the beginnings of human life on Earth say that the development of the genetic code was an inevitable consequence... [Read More]
Breast cancer linked to grandmother's diet
26 April 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Rats fed on high-fat diets increased the chances of their daughters and granddaughters developing breast cancer, a US study has found... [Read More]
Vatican to fund stem cell research
26 April 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
The Vatican announced on Friday it is to finance research into the potential use of adult stem cells for therapeutic purposes. It has agreed to donate two million Euros to a research project led by the University of Maryland's School of Medicine in the US to investigate the use of intestinal adult stem cells for treating disease... [Read More]
Good teachers help kids reach their genetic potential
26 April 2010 - by Ailsa Stevens
Genetic influences are estimated to account for up to 82 per cent of a child's reading ability, but children can only make the most of their natural abilities if this is combined with excellent teaching, a study published in the journal Science last week has found... [Read More]
Mother's lifestyle and environment can harm son's fertility, review finds
26 April 2010 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
Expectant mothers' lifestyles and environment could have a 'major impact' on their sons' sperm counts, a study has found... [Read More]
EXCLUSIVE: Brown and Cameron oppose Pope on embryonic stem cells
26 April 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
Gordon Brown and David Cameron support embryonic stem cell research, provided it's correctly regulated, they revealed during the TV leaders' debate on Thursday... [Read More]

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