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CONTENTS Issue #566
Ten questions for Dr Julian Huppert MP
Book Review: A Guide to Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
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Ten questions for Dr Julian Huppert MP
12 July 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
Before Dr Julian Huppert was elected MP for Cambridge in May this year, he was a computational biologist at Cambridge University studying the structure and function of DNA. Now, he's one of only two scientists with PhDs in parliament. BioNews quizzed him about science funding, synthetic biology and the shortage of scientists in politics... [Read More]
California halts genetic testing of students
12 July 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
Proposals to genetically test incoming freshman and transfer students to the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), are under fire. UCB intended to offer a genetic test to its thousands of entrants, which would test three variants: genes that affect the ability to absorb folic acid, metabolise alcohol and digest lactose.... [Read More]
Faulty breast cancer gene increases male risk too
12 July 2010 - by MacKenna Roberts
Western men who carry a BRCA2 genetic mutation have a six to nine per cent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, UK researchers have found... [Read More]
DNA used to pinpoint ancestors' villages
12 July 2010 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
An individual's genome can be used to accurately predict their ancestral origin, to the nearest five miles, a new study has found... [Read More]
Study reveals complex interactions between disease genes
12 July 2010 - by Victoria Kay
A US study looking at the relationship between genes known to cause a rare genetic disease has shown that common and rare genetic variants interact to make symptoms more or less severe... [Read More]
More US fertility clinics now 'freeze' eggs
12 July 2010 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
More than half of US fertility clinics are now prepared to 'freeze' eggs, a new study has revealed. This option was traditionally reserved for women undergoing cancer therapy or for other medical reasons... [Read More]
Gene deletion creates lesbian mice
12 July 2010 - by Rosemary Paxman
Geneticists claim that female mice can be turned 'lesbian' by a single gene deletion... [Read More]
Longevity gene study results ‘flawed’, say experts
12 July 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
Last week, BioNews reported on a study published in Science that claimed to have identified several gene clusters associated with longevity. The study drew significant media interest but, following the paper's publication, experts have raised concerns about the data... [Read More]
Prenatal treatment for genetic gender disorder questioned
12 July 2010 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
In August, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism will publish an article on a consensus reached by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and many others, regarding the use of dexamethasone (dex), a steroid used to treat a genetic condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), which can affect one in 15,000 babies... [Read More]
Prisoner given green light to continue IVF treatment
12 July 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
An Australian Supreme Court has allowed a woman to continue with her self-funded IVF treatment, after she was given an 18-month jail term for fraud last November... [Read More]
Genetic study traces Jewish descent
12 July 2010 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
Stepping into the contentious world of race, ethnicity and genetics, a paper published in this week's Nature claims to have shed new light on the geographical origin of the many 'Jewish Diaspora' communities from around the world... [Read More]
Book Review: A Guide to Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
5 July 2010 - by Dr Malcolm Smith
This guide is invaluable for anyone who has an interest in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), particularly those who do not have a scientific background and are interested in the regulatory and ethical issues associated with this technology... [Read More]

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