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The House of Lords inquiry into regenerative medicine: mapping the UK route for the commercialisation of cell therapies
20 August 2012 - by Dr Emily Culme-Seymour
The UK House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has launched an inquiry into cell therapy and regenerative medicine to take place this autumn... [Read More]
Consumer genetics firm 23andMe seeks regulatory approval for disease risk tests
20 August 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
23andMe, a US-based personal genomics company, has sought regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration for seven of its genetic tests.... [Read More]
Romney's running mate generates media storm over positions on 'personhood' and IVF
20 August 2012 - by Sarah Pritchard
Views held by Paul Ryan – the man chosen by US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to be his running mate – that life begins at fertilisation have caused a media furore in North America.... [Read More]
Myriad Genetics: landmark ruling for gene patenting
20 August 2012 - by Dr Sarah Spain
In the latest instalment of a highly contested case, the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington DC upheld Myriad Genetics' right to patent two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2,which are associated with the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.... [Read More]
Ten new gene links bolster understanding of type 2 diabetes
20 August 2012 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud
A large-scale statistical analysis of DNA from nearly 150,000 people of European descent has identified ten new regions of DNA that may help us understand the biological processes linked to glucose metabolism and insulin production in type 2 diabetes.... [Read More]
Book written in genetic code opens new possibilities for data storage
20 August 2012 - by Alison Cranage
An entire book, comprising 53,426 words, 11 images and a computer program, has been encoded into DNA. The data was stored and accurately read back by scientists at the Harvard University in the USA... [Read More]
Protection against dementia may run in families
20 August 2012 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
Families with higher levels of a protein linked to inflammation may be at a reduced risk of dementia.... [Read More]
Depression hits genetic switch to disrupt brain cells
20 August 2012 - by Maren Urner
Researchers at Yale University in the USA may have found an explanation for why patients with severe depression often show a decreased brain volume in certain areas of the brain... [Read More]
Daily dose of walnuts slightly but significantly boosts sperm health
20 August 2012 - by Emma Stoye
Eating two handfuls of walnuts every day can improve sperm quality in healthy young men, researchers have found... [Read More]
Non-hormonal male pill successful in animal studies
20 August 2012 - by Daryl Ramai
Scientists may now be one step closer to producing the first non-hormonal, male contraceptive pill after a successful animal study... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Frankenstein
20 August 2012 - by John Brinsley
With the term 'Frankenstein' having become synonymous with 'mad scientists' who 'play God', and its status as the go-to criticism against any new technology that threatens to interfere with what is deemed 'natural', Shelley's story is as relevant today as ever it was. Indeed, what was once considered so morally abhorrent that it formed the fabric of horror has, with recombinant DNA, IVF, organ donation and embryonic stem cells to name but a few, been realised today several times over... [Read More]
Book Review: History of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, c1980-2000
20 August 2012 - by Dr Chloe CY Wong
The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), also known as the Children of the 90s study, is a Bristol University-based project that has followed children born to over 14,000 pregnant women who enrolled between 1991 and 1992. A wealth of health, environmental and lifestyle data, as well as biological samples has been collected by this longitudinal population-based study over the past 21 years... [Read More]

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