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CONTENTS Issue #753
Risk Assessment: Breast Cancer, Prediction and Screening
So many genes, so close to home
Book Review: Relative Strangers - Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception
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Risk Assessment: Breast Cancer, Prediction and Screening
12 May 2014 - by Dr James Heather
Doctors, survivors and supporters again converged in a basement lecture theatre in Bloomsbury for the second event in PET's 'Breast Cancer' series. On the cards this night: prediction and screening... [Read More]
So many genes, so close to home
12 May 2014 - by Matthew Thomas
Is it possible to trace your DNA back through time, up to a millennium ago, to find a single home from which your ancestors came?... [Read More]
'Humanised' lungs for transplant patients to be grown in pigs
12 May 2014 - by Claire Downes
The shortage of transplantable lungs available for people with end-stage lung disease is being addressed in a new project led by genome scientist Dr Craig Venter... [Read More]
Scientists engineer organism with expanded genetic alphabet
12 May 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Bacteria with two extra synthetic DNA bases in their genome have been created in the lab for the first time... [Read More]
Lord Winston says IVF could 'threaten our humanity'
12 May 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
The advancement of IVF techniques could 'threaten our humanity' if it enables the rich to pay for designer babies, said Professor Lord Robert Winston, a pioneer of the fertility treatment... [Read More]
Can stem cells 'mend broken hearts'? Studies raise both hope and doubt
12 May 2014 - by Dr Greg Ball
Two major reviews of clinical trials using stem cells to treat advanced heart disease have found a positive effect of the stem cell treatment, but caution against overstating this effect until more trials are carried out... [Read More]
Stem cell scientist's appeal against misconduct verdict rejected
12 May 2014 - by Purvi Shah
Japan's RIKEN Center has announced that an appeal by stem-cell scientist, Dr Haruko Obokata, found guilty of research misconduct in relation to her claims of converting blood cells to stem cells using an 'acid bath', has been rejected... [Read More]
French judge blocks lesbian couple's adoption of baby conceived via IVF
12 May 2014 - by Jessica Ware
A French court has ruled that a woman may not adopt a child her partner conceived using fertility treatment abroad. The decision has sparked outrage from equal rights activists... [Read More]
Book Review: Relative Strangers - Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception
12 May 2014 - by Sarah Norcross
I don't often put my hand up to review books when they pop through the letterbox. Normally, after the pleasure of opening the parcel and inhaling the scent of fresh book, I quickly put it on someone else's desk... [Read More]

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