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The Ohio sperm mix-up: What's the harm in giving birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl?
8 December 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A claim filed against an Ohio sperm bank for using the wrong sperm donor leading to a woman giving birth to 'a beautiful, obviously mixed race, baby girl' ignited a furore because of race... [Read More]
Commercialisation and the moral obligation to create 'designer' babies
8 December 2014 - by Professor John Galloway
Although the word was not actually used (or at least I did not hear it), this was a polemic making the case for 'eugenics'... [Read More]
Gene variant decreases stroke risk in younger people
8 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
A gene variant has been linked to a lower risk of the most common cause of stroke in people under 50... [Read More]
Mediterranean diet protects against DNA ageing
8 December 2014 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
Women who consume a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to show evidence of 'cellular ageing' and therefore more likely to live longer, say US researchers... [Read More]
James Watson sells DNA discovery Nobel prize for $4.1 million
8 December 2014 - by Ari Haque
James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix structure, has auctioned off his gold Nobel Prize awarded for the discovery for over £3 million.... [Read More]
Flu virus mutations leave vaccines ineffective
8 December 2014 - by Fiona Ibanichuka
The US Centers for Disease Control has released a health advisory warning clinicians that flu vaccines will have diminished effectiveness against one strain currently circulating in the US as it has mutated to become resistant... [Read More]
23andMe launches DNA test in UK
8 December 2014 - by Arit Udoh
US-based genetic testing company 23andMe has launched its controversial 'personal genome service' in the UK... [Read More]
Another U-turn as York agrees to fund IVF
8 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed to fund one cycle of IVF, having at one time been the only CCG not to offer the treatment at all after funding was suspended in 2010.... [Read More]
Study identifies 'gene network' behind alcoholism
8 December 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe
Alcohol dependence may be determined by a set of genes that work together as a network, according to a US study... [Read More]
Book Review: The Soma
8 December 2014 - by Dr Ross Cloney
Wouldn't it be great to take charge of your evolution?... [Read More]

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