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CONTENTS Issue #720
John Lennon is dead. Long live John G2 (or not)
TV Review: The Midwives - Old Mum, Young Mum
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John Lennon is dead. Long live John G2 (or not)
2 September 2013 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
I could tell straight away that Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, who invested in John Lennon's rotten molar in the hope of cloning the great musician, is a big fan of Michael Crichton's 'Jurassic Park'... [Read More]
'Mini-brains' grown from stem cells
2 September 2013 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
Human stem cells have been used to grow miniature brains, 'organoids' that are just millimetres across and at an equivalent developmental stage as in a nine-week-old fetus... [Read More]
Gene activity decline behind 'senior moments'
2 September 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Age-related memory loss could be the result of low levels of protein in the brain, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC)... [Read More]
Blowing raspberries: year-old fertility study yields belated headlines
2 September 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran
Two UK newspapers have proclaimed the fertility-boosting benefits of the raspberry, with NHS Choices branding the claims 'misleading'... [Read More]
Gene variant explains statin side effects for some
2 September 2013 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A variant of a gene involved in energy storage in muscles may be linked to problems experienced by some users of the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins... [Read More]
Jet lag eased in mice by blocking gene
2 September 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
A 'molecular basis' of jet lag has been identified and blocked in mice by inhibiting the activity of a single gene, according to scientists... [Read More]
Diminishing returns after five cycles, says Australian IVF study
2 September 2013 - by Sarah Pritchard
The cumulative chances of a woman getting pregnant following IVF increase with each treatment cycle until the sixth cycle, after which the increases are minimal, show study results from Australia and New Zealand.... [Read More]
Genetically modified mice live longer
2 September 2013 - by Daryl Ramai
Scientists have extended the lifespan of mice by partially suppressing a gene associated with energy balance and metabolism... [Read More]
TV Review: The Midwives - Old Mum, Young Mum
2 September 2013 - by Daniel Malynn
This episode of the BBC's 'The Midwives' documented some of the varying difficulties experienced by older and younger mothers... [Read More]

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