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Since when were babies 'carbon legacies'?
4 August 2014 - by Jennie Bristow
A recently published paper has looked into ways to create an 'environmentally sustainable reproductive technology industry' - and found that the only way is not to have one at all... [Read More]
Brüstle in the Dock: ISCC v Comptroller General of Patents, Opinion of AG Cruz Villalón
4 August 2014 - by Julian Hitchcock
As BioNews 763 reported recently, Advocate General Cruz Villalón has advised the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that human parthenotes are not human embryos. The fact that he had to do so raises serious concerns about the ability of Europe's leading court to interpret bioethical legislation and challenges the authority of one of its most notorious cases.... [Read More]
Only eight percent of DNA is 'functional'
4 August 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
Researchers at the University of Oxford have estimated that only 8.2 percent of human DNA has been left unchanged as the species has evolved and is therefore likely to be functional... [Read More]
100,000 genomes project will make UK 'world leader in DNA testing'
4 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
The UK Government has announced it will provide £300 million funding for a project to sequence 100,000 genomes, saying that it will 'revolutionise [the] fight against cancer and rare diseases'... [Read More]
Government is misleading public about mitochondrial donation, claim scientists
4 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
The UK Government has been accused of deliberately misleading the public in order to win approval over its plans to implement mitochondrial replacement techniques in IVF... [Read More]
Blood test could reveal suicide risk
4 August 2014 - by Dr Katie Howe
Variations in a single gene could be used to predict if someone is at risk of committing suicide, say scientists at Johns Hopkins University... [Read More]
Epigenetic 'switches' could cause cancer
4 August 2014 - by Daryl Ramai
Scientists at the Children's Nutrition Research Center, USA have shown that epigenetic changes alone could cause cancer.... [Read More]
Surrogacy: Confusion amid reports of boy 'abandoned' by intended parents
4 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A child with Down's syndrome born to a Thai surrogate is reported to have been abandoned by the intended parents, an Australian couple, who have denied the allegations. Conflicting versions of the developing story have been reported.... [Read More]
Book Review: The Man in the Monkeynut Coat - William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix
4 August 2014 - by Rhys Baker
This story about the forgotten road to the double helix argues that William Astbury deserves the same recognition as Crick and Watson. It is a very persuasive argument... [Read More]

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