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Comic Review: Unique Tales - All in the Mind
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How I discovered I wasn't genetically Scottish
21 March 2011 - by Alistair Moffat
When Dr Jim Wilson of Edinburgh University emailed with the results of his analysis of my DNA, I was fascinated. And my faith in the accuracy of the techniques used was redoubled. But Jim told me that my DNA did not match with any other men named Moffat on the database. Perhaps there had been a mix-up at the lab, perhaps all was not what it seemed? We could have the DNA re-tested... [Read More]
To mark 12 years and 600 editions, BioNews launches birthday appeal
21 March 2011 - by Sarah Norcross
BioNews is celebrating its 12th birthday this week, with the publication of the 600th edition of its weekly email newsletter. The Progress Educational Trust, the charity which publishes BioNews, is a lean organisation and that is why we are asking all our readers to donate to the Bionews Birthday Appeal.... [Read More]
Egg cells send out chemical signals to entice sperm, suggests study
21 March 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman
Progesterone released from an egg may help guide sperm towards it and assist sperm to penetrate the egg's protective layers, according two studies published in Nature... [Read More]
UK and US stem cell bank tie up announced
21 March 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts
The UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB) has announced it has forged an affiliation with the recently established University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Human Stem Cell Bank and Registry for the exchange of stem cell technology and expertise. The banks will collaborate on various aspects of stem cell banking, including best practice standards and the delivery of stem cell lines for clinical use... [Read More]
Stem cell therapy used to treat glaucoma in rats
21 March 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
UK scientists have shown stem cells can be used to successfully stop glaucoma, an eye disorder, in rats. Stem cells were isolated from bone marrow and successfully grafted onto damaged nerves in the eye... [Read More]
Survey highlights the UK's continuing IVF 'postcode lottery'
21 March 2011 - by Ayesha Ahmad
A recent survey has found that two thirds of women would consider moving to another area of the UK to access IVF on the NHS.... [Read More]
'Landmark' neural stem cell trial underway
21 March 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts
A US company has launched an experimental neural stem cell clinical trial for patients paralysed by spinal injury. StemCells Inc will extract neural stem cells from donated aborted fetuses to be injected into the spines of patients with chest-level spinal cord injury... [Read More]
Study finds genetic link to common form of liver cirrhosis
21 March 2011 - by Julianna Photopoulos
UK scientists have found 15 new genetic regions that may affect a person's risk of developing primary biliary cirrhosis, a chronic form of liver disease... [Read More]
Gene linked to early onset stroke uncovered
21 March 2011 - by Victoria Kay
US scientists have identified a gene that may increase the risk of an early onset of stroke. They analysed the genomes of 14 Amish individuals affected by stroke and found a mutation in the SAMHD1 gene that was associated with the brain condition.... [Read More]
New guidelines published for the reporting of genetic risk prediction studies
21 March 2011 - by Dr Sarah Spain
This week saw the culmination of an international effort to devise guidelines to strengthen and standardise the reporting of genetic risk prediction studies... [Read More]
Comic Review: Unique Tales - All in the Mind
21 March 2011 - by Ailsa Stevens
When Tim is stuck on his biology homework, his brilliant scientist and inventor uncle has the perfect solution: an invention that allows a teacher to project their thoughts directly into the brain of their pupil. 'Oh, if only' I hear every teacher and science communicator gasp. Wouldn't projecting science messages into children's minds make our lives a whole lot easier?... [Read More]

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