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CONTENTS Issue #672
Sperm smuggling and fatherhood from behind bars
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Sperm smuggling and fatherhood from behind bars
10 September 2012 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
The recent news reports that Ammar Zibden, a Palestinian imprisoned in Israel, has managed to smuggle his sperm out of prison and become a father highlight a number of problematic issues... [Read More]
Global study counters 'junk' DNA theory
10 September 2012 - by Emma Stoye
Scientists have found that 80 percent of DNA in the human genome, previously thought to be of no use, have important functions... [Read More]
Survey highlights growing trend to late motherhood and 'emotional infertility'
10 September 2012 - by Dr Rosie Morley
Less than a fifth of women worry about being too old to have children, according to a recent survey by Red magazine.... [Read More]
Gene therapy in mice restores sense of smell
10 September 2012 - by Holly Rogers
Scientists have restored the sense of smell in mice using a gene therapy designed to repair the cilia - hair-like formations on nasal cells that are important in olfaction... [Read More]
Study sparks debate: should embryo cryopreservation be routine in IVF?
10 September 2012 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
Women who undergo fertility treatment using cryopreserved embryos may have healthier babies and fewer complications than those who use 'fresh' embryos, a study suggests.... [Read More]
Mammograms may increase risk of breast cancer in some women
10 September 2012 - by Daryl Ramai
Women carrying mutations in their BRCA genes may be more susceptible to breast cancer if exposed to diagnostic chest X-rays before the age of 30, say scientists... [Read More]
Gene variant leads to six-fold increase in risk for certain brain tumours
10 September 2012 - by Matthew Young
A single-letter change in one gene may considerably increase a person's risk of developing particular forms of brain cancer, say researchers... [Read More]
Rare form of autism treated with dietary supplement
10 September 2012 - by Suzanne Elvidge
A rare form of autism, caused by a mutation that alters amino acid metabolism, could potentially be treated with a nutritional supplement, according to an international team of researchers... [Read More]
Gene affecting breathing may be linked to 'cot death'
10 September 2012 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud
US researchers have identified the gene, Atoh1, as vital in mice for their ability to recognise dangerous levels of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. [Read More]
Film Review: The Bourne Legacy
10 September 2012 - by Dr Greg Ball
The Bourne Legacy sees a return of the Bourne franchise, only this time without its eponymous hero, but rather a whole new breed of biologically enhanced undercover CIA agents... [Read More]
Book Review: The Epigenetics Revolution - How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance
10 September 2012 - by Dr Daniel Grimes
In her new book, 'The Epigenetics Revolution', Nessa Carey argues that we are in the midst of the next great upheaval in biological thinking... [Read More]

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