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CONTENTS Issue #697
TV Review: Shrinking My 17 Stone Legs
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Patentability of isolated DNA in the Australian context: Cancer Voices Australia vs Myriad Genetics Inc
18 March 2013 - by Naomi Hawkins
Patents on human genes continue to cause controversy in the academic and popular press. A recent decision in Australia has reaffirmed the patentability of isolated human DNA in that jurisdiction... [Read More]
Poll: When It Takes More Than Two
18 March 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
Over the past few months, the charity that publishes BioNews - the Progress Educational Trust (PET) - has been running a Wellcome Trust supported project about donor conception entitled 'When It Takes More Than Two'.... [Read More]
Genetic mutation for mental retardation found in Amish community
18 March 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A genetic mutation linked to mental retardation has been identified in an Amish community in the USA.... [Read More]
Breast cancer blood test tracks treatment response
18 March 2013 - by Dr Nicola Davis
A blood test is being developed that could help doctors monitor how breast cancer tumours respond to therapy... [Read More]
Sperm quality rises in winter
18 March 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Human semen quality may rise and fall in seasonal variation, with the best quality being produced in the winter and spring... [Read More]
Gene therapy for osteoarthritis in mice
18 March 2013 - by Reuben Harwood
An experimental gene therapy that protects cartilage from wear and deterioration has been shown to slow the development of osteoarthritis in mice.... [Read More]
Fat stem cells show promise against brain cancer in lab tests
18 March 2013 - by Sarah Pritchard
Stem cells taken from patients' own fat tissue could potentially be used to deliver treatments direct to brain tumours, say scientists after early laboratory tests... [Read More]
Tooth grown from human gum and mouse stem cells
18 March 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley
For the first time, teeth have been grown from human gum cells, in combination with stem cells from mouse embryos... [Read More]
TV Review: Shrinking My 17 Stone Legs
18 March 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
The stump of Mandy's amputated left leg is one metre in circumference, the size of an old vinyl record. Mandy Sellars has a rare genetic condition that meant her legs continued to grow after the rest of her body stopped... [Read More]

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