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CONTENTS Issue #757
Risk Management: Breast Cancer, Business and Patents
Event Review: Resisting temptation - the biology of appetite
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Risk Management: Breast Cancer, Business and Patents
9 June 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
The backdrop to the third event in the Progress Educational Trust's 'Breast Cancer: Chances, Choices and Genetics' series was the Myriad Genetics gene patenting legal saga, which came to a conclusion last year with Myriad being denied a patent on the isolated forms of the BRCA genes... [Read More]
Changes afoot in York, last place in UK not to fund IVF
9 June 2014 - by Purvi Shah
The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed in principle to fund IVF treatment for couples in the area, although a formal decision on the matter will be made at a later date.... [Read More]
Controversial stem cell paper retracted as cells 'never existed'
9 June 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The lead author of a controversial study describing a new type of stem cell - stimulus-triggered acquisition pluripotency (STAP) cells - has agreed to retract two research papers published in the journal Nature in January 2014... [Read More]
Blondness due to a single DNA letter change
9 June 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Research on mouse fur colour has shown that a single-letter DNA change – the smallest possible change in DNA – can account for the variation in hair colour that produces blonde hair in humans... [Read More]
Choose your poison: tobacco, alcohol don't harm sperm; cannabis does
9 June 2014 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Cannabis use affects thesize and shape of sperm, according to a large study on lifestyle choices, environmental factors and semen quality... [Read More]
Israel's Cabinet approves surrogacy for same-sex couples and single people
9 June 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy
A bill permitting same-sex couples and single men and women to use surrogacy in Israel has been approved by the Israeli Cabinet. The bill now needs to be passed by Israel's parliament, the Knesset, before it can become law... [Read More]
Human embryonic stem cells perform well in multiple sclerosis mouse study
9 June 2014 - by Isobel Steer
Human embryonic stem cells have been shown to be more effective in treating multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice than bone marrow stem cells, a study has found... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement likely to be safe but more research needed, says report
9 June 2014 - by Alice Plein
Two experimental IVF techniques that could prevent certain types of incurable genetic disease are 'not unsafe', a report from the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has found.... [Read More]
Breast cancer gene raises lung cancer risk in smokers
9 June 2014 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Smokers are more likely to develop lung cancer if they carry a defective version of a gene associated with breast cancer, a study has found... [Read More]
Event Review: Resisting temptation - the biology of appetite
9 June 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
This Royal Institution event questions why so many of us overeat despite the huge amount of information available on appropriate calorie intake, and the biological factors that control our insatiable appetites for food... [Read More]

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