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CONTENTS Issue #648 (12 March 2012)
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Crystal ball gazing: an interview with Professor Sir John Burn on genetics in 2012
12 March 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
Genome sequencing for all, the abuse of stored genetic data and red tape halting research are just some of the issues the NHS will have to deal with this year, according to Sir John Burn, professor of clinical genetics at the University of Newcastle, chair of the British Society for Human Genetics (BSHG)... [Read More]
Hype, hope and heresy – or why it is bad to eggsaggerate
12 March 2012 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge
I am all for challenging dogma, but to do so requires robust evidence and carefully drawn conclusions. In the case of Professor Jonathan Tilly's much-trumpeted study on stem cells in ovaries that can give rise to eggs, I feel that both were missing... [Read More]
Rat's vision restored with stem cell treatment
12 March 2012 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
A potential stem cell therapy for glaucoma – a degenerative eye condition that can lead to blindness – has yielded positive results in animal tests... [Read More]
Stem cell treatment counters kidney rejection in early trial
12 March 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Stem cell therapy may remove the need for organ transplant recipients to have lifelong drug treatment to combat the risk of rejection, which would dramatically improve patients' quality of life... [Read More]
Smokers and obese people denied IVF by some NHS trusts
12 March 2012 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Nine NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) have introduced restrictions to IVF treatment for patients who smoke or are overweight... [Read More]
Israel: biological mother recognised as parent in landmark surrogacy decision
12 March 2012 - by Ruth Retassie
A Tel Aviv family court judge has set a precedent by recognising a woman whose twins were born via a surrogate as the legal parent... [Read More]
Cancer complexity causes concern for personalised medicine
12 March 2012 - by Maren Urner
A single tumour can have many different genetic mutations at various locations, cancer researchers have found. In a study, two thirds of the specific genetic faults identified in tumours were not repeated in the same tumour... [Read More]
Intense exercise can alter your DNA
- by Dr Zara Mahmoud
A bout of intense exercise can change the way your genes are regulated, scientists have shown. These changes led to an increase in enzymes that are involved in energy production... [Read More]
TV Review: Postcode Lottery
12 March 2012 - by Cathy Holding
IVF is only miraculous and life-changing if it works, but in some areas of the country you're less likely to be able to try on the NHS. BBC One's 'Postcode Lottery' follows a couple who could attempt treatment if they lived elsewhere... [Read More]

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