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Genes express proteins, not happiness
12 August 2013 - by Dr Stuart Derbyshire
The authors of a recent study suggest that measuring gene expression is a good indicator of human happiness, and that pursuing a higher purpose is the better way to live. Both those claims are dubious... [Read More]
The implications of the proposed EU data protection reform on biomedical research
12 August 2013 - by Dr Linda Briceño Moraia, Dr Jane Kaye and Heather Griffin
European data protection and privacy law is in a state of flux as its governing legislation is in a process of being amended to create a unified regime for data protection across Europe.... [Read More]
Antioxidants 'do not improve women's fertility'
12 August 2013 - by Emma Stoye
There is no evidence to suggest taking antioxidant supplements will help infertile women become pregnant, according a review of fertility clinic trials published in The Cochrane Library... [Read More]
Fertility app offers to fund treatment for women who can't conceive
12 August 2013 - by Ruth Retassie
A fertility app has been launched that will help pay for treatment for women who are unable to conceive after ten months of using the program... [Read More]
Family of Henrietta Lacks given a say over her cells
12 August 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
An agreement between the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the family of Henrietta Lacks will give the family some say in how genetic data from the cell line is used.... [Read More]
Scientists call for more mutant bird flu experiments
12 August 2013 - by Lanay Tierney
Two scientists behind a controversial H5N1 avian flu publication last year, which deliberately modified the virus to become more transmissible to humans, hope to perform similar experiments on a new flu strain... [Read More]
NICE approves test for genetic markers of breast cancer
12 August 2013 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
A new diagnostic test that detects whether breast cancer has spread has been recommended for use in NHS practice by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)... [Read More]
Frozen sperm as effective as fresh when taken directly from testicle
12 August 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Sperm taken by biopsy from the testicles of men with a certain kinds of infertility can be cryopreserved without reducing the chances of a successful pregnancy... [Read More]
Radio Review: A donation for life
12 August 2013 - by Jessica Ware
After a German court ruled that a 22-year-old woman conceived via sperm donation could know the identity of her biological father, radio station 1Live caught up with her and took a look into the world of assisted conception in Germany... [Read More]
Radio Review: Inside the Ethics Committee - Assisted Conception and Disability
12 August 2013 - by Daniel Malynn
Joan Bakewell presents the case of Rosemary, a 36-year-old woman with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome undergoing IVF... [Read More]

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