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CONTENTS Issue #770
Myth replacement therapy: MPs debate the science of mitochondria
Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy
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Myth replacement therapy: MPs debate the science of mitochondria
8 September 2014 - by Dr Ted Morrow
The regulatory path to clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement therapy was recently debated in the House of Commons. While scientists are still unsure how genes and genomes cause disease and impact on our physical appearance and personality, there are clearly misconceptions about mitochondrial genetics repeated during the debate that are not supported by current scientific evidence... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement debated in UK Parliament
8 September 2014 - by Sandy Starr
A group of backbench MPs, led by Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, has sought to delay the laying before Parliament of regulations permitting the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques... [Read More]
Australian federal court throws out appeal on gene patenting
8 September 2014 - by Matthew Thomas
Gene sequences isolated from the human body are patentable, according to a ruling by the Australian federal court... [Read More]
Canadian cancer centre reports 'Angelina effect'
8 September 2014 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Angelina Jolie's decision to openly discuss her preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for a dangerous BRCA1 mutation may have led to a dramatic upswing in referrals to genetic counselling services, if results from a Canadian study are widely applicable... [Read More]
Holding back the telomeres: stand up for healthier DNA
8 September 2014 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Spending more time on your feet may protect DNA from 'cellular ageing' and extend life, a small Swedish study has found... [Read More]
Study of Ashkenazi Jewish women suggests gene screening rethink
8 September 2014 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
All Ashkenazi Jewish women should be screened for high-cancer-risk genetic mutations) from age 30, say scientists behind a study looking at that population.... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy
8 September 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
BBC Radio 4 's 'The Report' ventured into the ethically controversial area of surrogacy, which made international media headlines following the recent baby Gammy controversy... [Read More]

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