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CONTENTS Issue #749
Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Veronica van Heyningen
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Knowing your donor: How can we best recruit and keep donors?
7 April 2014 - by Dr Ruth Curson
Sadly, there are currently not enough egg and sperm donors in the UK to meet our needs. Recipients are now seeking alternative routes to find donors, either by travelling abroad or from unregulated internet sites: both with the potential for unwanted consequences... [Read More]
Relative Risk: Breast Cancer and Genetics
7 April 2014 - by Matthew Thomas
At the launch of their 'Breast Cancer: Chances, Choices and Genetics' project, a panel of experts and a lively audience grappled with the difficult topic of cancer genetics... [Read More]
Unlocking the genetics of breast cancer
7 April 2014 - by Baroness Delyth Morgan
The news of Angelina Jolie's mastectomy last year brought breast cancer genetics, risk and prevention into the international spotlight. Her decision was only possible due to the efforts of researchers, over the past twenty years and more, to identify the inherited genetic mutations... [Read More]
Obesity linked to genetic variation in carbohydrate digestion
7 April 2014 - by James Brooks
Obesity might not simply be a matter of overeating or heightened appetite but at least partially down to how we metabolise food, a study says... [Read More]
Investigation finds misconduct in acid bath stem cell research
7 April 2014 - by Dr Greg Ball
An investigation has found that the lead author of the widely reported 'breakthrough' stem cell papers is guilty of misconduct... [Read More]
Fetal brain gene blueprint scoured for autism clues
7 April 2014 - by Dr Naqash Raja
A map showing where different genes are turned on and off in the fetal human brain has been published in the hope it will give important clues about the origins of disorders... [Read More]
New genome sequencing recommendation enables patients to opt out of genetic disease testing
7 April 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) has updated its position on the return of results from genome sequencing to allow patients to opt out from receiving incidental information.... [Read More]
Men who smoked before teens may father fatter sons
7 April 2014 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Smoking before puberty may lead to men fathering fatter sons, suggesting that lifestyle factors can have adverse impacts on the next generation, a study has found... [Read More]
Fertility drugs may not increase breast cancer risk
7 April 2014 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Fertility drugs used to stimulate ovulation did not increase the chances of breast cancer for most women in a long-term study of around 10,000 women in the USA... [Read More]
HFEA and HTA announce new Chairs
7 April 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority have both announced new appointments as their Chair.... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Veronica van Heyningen
7 April 2014 - by Amy Reed
In this week's episode of The Life Scientific, presenter (and physicist) Professor Jim Al-Khalili interviews the recently retired geneticist and discoverer of the PAX6 gene, Professor Veronica van Heyningen.... [Read More]

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