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CONTENTS Issue #713
The dogma that had its day
The inconvenient truth of fertility decline
Event Review: How Do Stem Cells Grow?
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The dogma that had its day
15 July 2013 - by Professor John Galloway
It is not given to many to overturn a central dogma of scientific faith. But last year, John Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for doing it... [Read More]
The inconvenient truth of fertility decline
15 July 2013 - by Dr Irenee Daly
Who could blame women for hoping that they are more reproductively robust than is actually the case?.... [Read More]
Investigation casts doubt on controversial Italian stem cell treatments
15 July 2013 - by Nishat Hyder
Davide Vannoni, head of the Stamina Foundation in Turin, Italy, and pioneer of a controversial stem cell therapy, has once again hit the headlines amid allegations of poor research methodology... [Read More]
Low-tech, accessible IVF could cost just €200
9 July 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
A new technique using basic equipment to perform IVF could dramatically reduce costs and make the treatment 'universally accessible', say scientists reporting that 12 babies have been born so far from this approach... [Read More]
Egg donors mostly motivated by urge to help others
9 July 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
The majority of egg donors donate for altruistic reasons, although personal benefits such as financial compensation are also a factor, according to a large European study... [Read More]
IVF not linked to higher childhood cancer risk
9 July 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
Children born as a result of assisted reproduction do not have a higher risk of developing cancer during childhood than those conceived spontaneously, according to a large UK study... [Read More]
Obese women almost one-third less likely to have a baby due to 'abnormal womb environment'
11 July 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
Obese women have a much lower chance of having a baby than those with a normal BMI when using a donated egg, according to a study of almost 10,000 women... [Read More]
Drug found effective in 'silencing' disease gene
15 July 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
A drug has been found to suppress the gene underlying a rare but fatal disease, according to results from an early-stage clinical trial... [Read More]
Early clinical success for stem cell gene therapy in two diseases
15 July 2013 - by Dr Nicola Davis
A clinical trial of a gene therapy to treat children with two types of severe genetic disease has shown early signs of success... [Read More]
Myriad sues companies for infringing on BRCA test patents
15 July 2013 - by Ruth Retassie
Myriad Genetics is suing two other companies who are offering genetic tests for BRCA1 and BRAC2 gene mutations for patent infringement... [Read More]
Whole genome sequencing promises improved autism genetics research
15 July 2013 - by Richard Fadok
Whole genome sequencing suggests that around half of all people with autism may be carriers of genes already associated with the condition... [Read More]
Exercise affects epigenetics of fat storage
15 July 2013 - by Emily Hoggar
Exercise directly affects which genes are expressed or silenced, causing fat cells to function differently, according to a study in PLOS Genetics... [Read More]
Event Review: How Do Stem Cells Grow?
15 July 2013 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Can you grow an organ in the lab? Can you grow new cells to replace diseased ones? Embryonic stem cells have the potential to grow into any cell in the body, but how is the cell type determined?... [Read More]

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