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CONTENTS Issue #755
Breast cancer: breaking the chain
Do Genes Matter? Families and Donor Conception
Radio Review: Intelligence: Born Smart, Born Equal, Born Different
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Breast cancer: breaking the chain
28 May 2014 - by Dr Ann Robinson
As a GP in North London, I see the ravaging effects of breast cancer in young women. Each patient sticks in my mind as their illness traumatises the whole family... [Read More]
Do Genes Matter? Families and Donor Conception
28 May 2014 - by Cait McDonagh
Since 1991, more than 35,000 children have been born in the UK as a result of donor conception, and our knowledge of genetics has increased substantially during that time. The event 'Do Genes Matter? Families and Donor Conception' set out to ask whether our understanding of family has changed too... [Read More]
High cholesterol linked to poor fertility
28 May 2014 - by Nina Chohan
Cholesterol levels may affect how long it takes to conceive, reports a study that followed couples for one year... [Read More]
Gene mutation gives mice 'night munchies'
28 May 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Genes responsible for night eating syndrome, where eating patterns are out of sync with sleeping schedules, have been found in a study on mice... [Read More]
Stem cell transplants 'safe and successful' in monkeys
28 May 2014 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Stem cells created from a monkey's own skin cells can be transplanted back into the animal without a high risk of tumour formation, researchers have reported... [Read More]
Placenta not sterile, bacteria gene study shows
28 May 2014 - by Alice Plein
The placenta, which was long believed to be a sterile environment, is home to a community of microbes similar to those found in the mouth, researchers have discovered... [Read More]
Chicago: Woman awarded 'custody' of frozen embryos despite ex-boyfriend's objections
28 May 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy
An Illinois county court has granted a woman control over embryos created with her ex-boyfriend's sperm, despite his objection to their use.... [Read More]
Radio Review: Intelligence: Born Smart, Born Equal, Born Different
28 May 2014 - by Ari Haque
The controversy posed by the question of how much genetics can influence intelligence and, in turn, the dilemma posed by what this should mean for educational policy are presented in a balanced, reasoned manner here... [Read More]

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