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CONTENTS Issue #780
100,000 Genomes: Impacting real lives
The Commercialisation of BioNews?
Event Review: Bioethics in 2025 - What Will Be the Challenges?
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100,000 Genomes: Impacting real lives
18 November 2014 - by Dr Sarah Wynn
The 100,000 Genomes Project aims to sequence 100,000 genomes by 2017. A proportion of these genomes will be from patients who have an undiagnosed rare disease. This project has the potential to make a dramatic impact on the numbers of people receiving a much-needed diagnosis for themselves or their child... [Read More]
The Commercialisation of BioNews?
18 November 2014 - by Sarah Norcross
With our conference 'The Commercialisation of Life' just a couple of weeks away, we have been thinking about raising sufficient funds to ensure that BioNews remains a free service throughout 2015... [Read More]
Gene mutation carriers get equivalent of lifetime's anti-cholesterol treatment
18 November 2014 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
An inactive copy of a gene associated with cholesterol levels can reduce the risk of a heart attack, according to a study... [Read More]
Human brainwaves control gene activity in mice
18 November 2014 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
A technique to switch genes on and off with the power of thought alone has been developed by scientists... [Read More]
Google moves into genome data storage and analysis
18 November 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
Google has announced that it will offer storage and analysis of genome sequencing data... [Read More]
The genetic secret for a long life is... still unknown
18 November 2014 - by Sean Byrne
Scientists are still searching for a key piece of the longevity puzzle, having not found anything remarkable in the genes of 'supercentenarians' - people who live beyond 110 - to explain their long lives... [Read More]
Mystery of 'monster' cancer DNA molecules solved
18 November 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe
The creation of giant, extra chromosomes present in up to three percent of all cancers can now be explained, says a study in Cancer Cell.... [Read More]
IVF will mostly be a lifestyle choice by 2050, says man who invented the Pill
18 November 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
By 2050, most women will opt to conceive through IVF using cryopreserved eggs and sperm, meaning that sex will become 'purely recreational', an eminent scientist has claimed... [Read More]
HFEA appoints new members
18 November 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has announced new appointments, including four new members and one re-appointment... [Read More]
Event Review: Bioethics in 2025 - What Will Be the Challenges?
18 November 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
This Nuffield Council debate was instead a surprisingly thoughtful discussion on what bioethicists are doing now, on what we could do, the speakers asked whether we are moving closer to or further away from a future we are happy with... [Read More]

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