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CONTENTS Issue #725
Drisapersen trial results are not the end for exon skipping
TV Review: Coronation Street - Surrogacy in Weatherfield
TV Review: House of Surrogates
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Drisapersen trial results are not the end for exon skipping
7 October 2013 - by Robert Meadowcroft and Neil Bennett
The families of children and young people with the severe genetic muscle-wasting condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy received a heavy blow last week... [Read More]
The Jolie effect: breast cancer gene testing increases, but so do surgery requests
7 October 2013 - by Ruth Retassie
A London clinic has reported an increase in the number of requests for BRCA genetic testing and preventative mastectomies since Angelina Jolie's announcement last May that she had undergone a double mastectomy.... [Read More]
23andMe's 'designer baby' tool patent draws attention
7 October 2013 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
A US genetics company has been awarded a patent that relates to a DNA analysis service that predicts a baby's traits on the basis of its parents' genes.... [Read More]
Big breakfast might help counter common fertility problem
7 October 2013 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Eating a hearty breakfast can improve fertility in women with a common menstrual disorder, a small study suggests... [Read More]
Global study finds 48 new multiple sclerosis risk genes
7 October 2013 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A group of international researchers has identified 48 new genetic variants that influence the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. This brings the number of genetic 'risk factors' linked to the disease to 110... [Read More]
Trial for rare 'black bone disease' wins funding
7 October 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran
The Alkaptonuria Society, a UK charity and patient organisation for the rare disease of the same name, has won a £5million grant from the European Commission to help finance clinical trials of a treatment for the condition... [Read More]
Ovaries 'reawakened' and baby born to early menopause mother
7 October 2013 - by Dr Lucy Freem
A new treatment to stimulate egg production from post-menopausal ovaries has resulted in the successful birth of a child after testing in a small clinical trial... [Read More]
David Cameron announces cancer genome sequencing collaboration
7 October 2013 - by Rhys Baker
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced a new partnership between Genomics England and Cancer Research UK as part of a Government bid to make the UK the first country in the world to sequence 100,000 genomes within five years.... [Read More]
TV Review: Coronation Street - Surrogacy in Weatherfield
7 October 2013 - by Professor Eric Blyth
The British TV soap opera, Coronation Street, has become an established national institution since the first episode was screened in December 1960. It is on several nights each week and is set in 'Weatherfield', a fictional working class neighbourhood in Manchester.... [Read More]
TV Review: House of Surrogates
7 October 2013 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
I'm not sure how a television documentary manages to be saddening, heartwarming, uplifting and worrying all at the same time. BBC Four's House of Surrogates, which focused on one provider of paid-for surrogacy in India, where all the women acting as surrogates for one Gujarati clinic spent 'their pregnancy away from home in dorms', managed it... [Read More]

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