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Do genes matter? Families under the microscope
2 June 2014 - by Petra Nordqvist
How do genes and genetic relationships actually matter in the messy and complex world of everyday life? The event 'Do genes matter? Donor conception and family life' discussed genetic connections and family life from the legal, sociological and scientific points of view... [Read More]
Podcast: Risk Assessment - Breast Cancer, Prediction and Screening
2 June 2014 - by James Brooks
Is the benefit attributed to widespread breast cancer screening programmes supported by the evidence? What to make of the phenomenon of overdiagnosis, where patients are treated for cancers that would not have spread or been problematic in their lifetime?... [Read More]
Lasers help stem cells to repair teeth
2 June 2014 - by Dr Naqash Raja
Lasers have been used to activate stem cells to repair and regrow damaged teeth in animals... [Read More]
46-year-old becomes oldest IVF mother to use own eggs
2 June 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A woman from Orlando, USA, has become the oldest woman on record to give birth following IVF using her own, fresh eggs.... [Read More]
Genetic test for heart condition rolled out across UK
2 June 2014 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A genetic test that can predict a preventable form of heart disease is being introduced into several NHS hospitals... [Read More]
EU Commission rejects petition to stop funding embryonic stem cell research
2 June 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy
The European Commission has rejected a petition requesting a stop to the funding of research involving the 'presupposed destruction' of human embryos.... [Read More]
Strength in numbers: sperm swim upstream 'in a shoal'
2 June 2014 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Sperm cells swim very efficiently when moving upstream against a current and may cooperate whilst doing so, scientists have observed.... [Read More]
'Fat gene' linked to adult obesity and impulsive eating
2 June 2014 - by Alice Plein
A common genetic mutation linked to childhood obesity also increases the likelihood of becoming overweight in adulthood, scientists have discovered. They found the genetic variation also increases impulsive eating as well as a person's appetite for fatty foods... [Read More]

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