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CONTENTS Issue #673
COMMENT
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Event Review: The Population Laboratory
Book Review: Consanguinity in Context
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Mitochondria in the spotlight
17 September 2012 - by Sarah Norcross
Mitochondria don't normally get much press attention, they like to keep a low profile generating energy in the cells and leave nuclear DNA to grab the headlines... [Read More]
New study on 'Assessing Child Welfare Under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: The New Law'
17 September 2012 - by Jennie Bristow
In the 80 hours of Parliamentary debate given to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in 2008, a full ten percent were devoted to a heated discussion of the clause on the 'welfare of the child' that might be born as a result of treatment... [Read More]
Greater than the sum of its parts - comment from the HFEA
17 September 2012 - by Peter Thompson
It's a busy week for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). As we launch our government-commissioned public consultation on mitochondria replacement, we are in the midst of a public debate about who should regulate IVF and embryo research. We will publish our response to the Government's consultation on the HFEA's future later this week. This comment piece gives a taste of what we will be saying.... [Read More]
Genetic mutation identified for insulin sensitivity
17 September 2012 - by Paola Quattroni
The first single gene responsible for insulin sensitivity in humans has been discovered by researchers at the University of Oxford. The discovery has implications for understanding of type II diabetes... [Read More]
Stem cells restore hearing in animals for first time
17 September 2012 - by Dr Greg Ball
Stem cells have been used to partially restore hearing in deaf gerbils through replacement of their auditory nerve cells... [Read More]
Genetic test developed to predict the risk of autism
17 September 2012 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A genetic test capable of predicting a person's risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), with an accuracy greater than 70 percent, has been developed by researchers... [Read More]
Face shape gene discoveries may lead to DNA photofits
17 September 2012 - by Daryl Ramai
Five genes that determine a person’s facial shape have been identified, in a study of almost 10,000 Europeans... [Read More]
Obesity linked to abnormal eggs in women undergoing IVF
17 September 2012 - by Sarah Pritchard
The eggs of women undergoing IVF are significantly more likely to contain chromosomal abnormalities if the woman is severely obese than eggs belonging to women who are of a healthy weight, a recent US study suggests... [Read More]
HFEA launches public consultation on mitochondrial replacement techniques
17 September 2012 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has launched a public consultation on the social and ethical impact of new methods that could prevent the transmission of some incurable mitochondrial diseases.... [Read More]
Genome studies give researchers 'panoramic view' of lung cancer
17 September 2012 - by John Brinsley
A trio of genetic studies published this week greatly expands researchers understanding of lung cancer... [Read More]
Potential of genetics to transform medicine risks being wasted, say experts
17 September 2012 - by James Brooks
The genetics community needs to work far more collaboratively if it is to meet the challenges of the genomic era, warns Professor Sir John Burn, one of the UK's leading genetics experts... [Read More]
Ministers urged to use epigenetic research when tackling public health problems
17 September 2012 - by Sandy Starr
Significant improvements could be made to public health by building upon the findings of epigenetic research, according to a leading expert on epigenetics and child health... [Read More]
Genetic tests that improve drug effectiveness are going neglected, warns expert
17 September 2012 - by James Brooks
Genetic tests that could greatly improve the effectiveness of drug therapy for a wide variety of conditions are being underused or ignored, a leading expert says... [Read More]
Event Review: The Population Laboratory
17 September 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
It is not often that you get the chance attend a seminar organised by an institution that is still under construction. Due to open in 2015, the building that will house the Francis Crick Institute currently comprises a rudimentary basement and ground floor, a handful of towering cranes and a swanky visitor centre... [Read More]
Book Review: Consanguinity in Context
17 September 2012 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
This monograph is desperately needed. Western societies, who often chose consanguineous marriage in the past, have grown to fear it and to denigrate communities where it is commonly practiced... [Read More]

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