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TV Review: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
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Progress Educational Trust conference: Multiple choice question
6 January 2014 - by Daniel Malynn
The third session of 'Double Take: Twins in Genetics and Fertility Treatment' covered a broad range of opinions and specialties. There was discussion of patient choice over embryo transfer, talk of treatment access and decisions over genetic testing... [Read More]
Should persons affected by mitochondrial disorders not be brought into existence?
6 January 2014 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
Mitochondrial replacement techniques are not a form of therapy in which a person is being treated or cured for a disorder, but instead make sure that that certain persons are not brought into existence. This is a crucial difference since it then questions the equality in value and worth of every possible future person... [Read More]
Mapping DNA of egg cells could boost IVF success
6 January 2014 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
Researchers in China have developed a new non-invasive method for detecting genetic defects in IVF embryos that could improve the chances of successful IVF for some patients... [Read More]
Rheumatoid arthritis: largest study yet yields risk gene haul
6 January 2014 - by Dr James Heather
The largest genetic study of rheumatoid arthritis to date has found an additional 42 disease-associated locations in the genome... [Read More]
Australian woman given permission to use late husband's sperm for IVF
6 January 2014 - by Nishat Hyder
The South Australian Supreme Court has granted a woman permission to use her deceased husband's sperm for IVF treatment.... [Read More]
Gene links stress to heart attacks
6 January 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
The same genetic variant that makes some people more prone to stress has been shown to increase the risk of having and dying from a heart attack... [Read More]
Diabetes gene traced back to Neanderthals
6 January 2014 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
A gene variant increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in Latin American populations, according to a study in Nature... [Read More]
Gene-blocking injection halts breast cancer progression in mice
6 January 2014 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
An injection to prevent breast cancer by silencing a cancer-causing gene has shown early promise in mouse studies... [Read More]
Australian fertility clinic ordered to pay damages in contract for unusable sperm
6 January 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The High Court of Australia has awarded damages under contract law to a doctor who purchased assets of a fertility clinic, including a stock of cryopreserved sperm, after almost two thirds of straws provided were unusable... [Read More]
TV Review: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
6 January 2014 - by Dr Naqash Raja
In the first of three Christmas lectures with the theme 'life fantastic' from the Royal Institution, Dr Allison Woollard answers the ever-important question: 'where do I come from?'... [Read More]

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