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CONTENTS Issue #714
TV Review: Horizon - What Makes Us Human?
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How worried should we be about the 'slippery slope to designer babies'?
22 July 2013 - by Professor Stephen Wilkinson
Why are potentially positive developments like mitochondrial replacement therapy and next-generation sequencing greeted with talk of 'designer babies', and is such language justified? [Read More]
Old fertility science is still painfully relevant for today's women
22 July 2013 - by Dr Archana Vasireddy and Professor Susan Bewley
The science is clear: most women, even in their late 30's, will succeed in having children, but many will face more infertility, miscarriage and complicated pregnancies... [Read More]
Down's syndrome chromosome 'can be silenced'
22 July 2013 - by Dr Lucy Freem
A method that 'switches off' entire chromosomes has been used in isolated cells to target the genetic defect behind Down's syndrome... [Read More]
Induced pluripotent stem cells made without gene manipulation
22 July 2013 - by Holly Rogers
For the first time, scientists have created induced pluripotent stem cells from adult tissue without adding extra genes... [Read More]
Gene test to tell viral from bacterial infections
22 July 2013 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A test which looks at how active different genes are could help doctors determine whether a patient has a viral or bacterial infection... [Read More]
Obesity gene found to increase appetite
22 July 2013 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A gene known to be linked to a much higher risk of obesity has been found to affect levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, according to an international group of scientists... [Read More]
HFEA will remain independent, says UK Government
22 July 2013 - by Cait McDonagh
The Department of Health has announced that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority will remain the independent regulator of assisted reproduction and embryology research in the UK... [Read More]
Largest ever cancer gene database open to all researchers
22 July 2013 - by Maren Urner
The world's largest database of cancer-related genetic variations to date has been made available by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), US... [Read More]
Stem cells used to grow blood vessels in mice
22 July 2013 - by Dr Katie Howe
Human stem cells have been used to create networks of blood vessels in mice that functioned for nine months... [Read More]
TV Review: Horizon - What Makes Us Human?
22 July 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Perhaps we are not so different from chimps? Not so, Professor Roberts says; it is us who are experimenting on them, putting them in enclosures and making TV programmes about them... [Read More]

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