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CONTENTS Issue #784
COMMENT
Whose genes are they anyway?
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Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy
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Whose genes are they anyway?
15 December 2014 - by Dr Jess Buxton
This discussion around the role of commerce in genetics and fertility treatment coincided with the launch of 23andMe's controversial personal genome service in the UK. Issues around health interventions following personal genetic testing were the focus of the second session at PET's conference, which asked: 'Whose genes are they anyway?'... [Read More]
Gene therapy partially restores sight in mice and dogs
15 December 2014 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Scientists have used gene therapy to restore some sight to animals with visual impairment similar to retinosa pigmentosa, a type of human blindness... [Read More]
Scientists develop new 'F-class' pluripotent stem cells
15 December 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
A new type of stem cell has been developed in the lab, in research described as 'groundbreaking'... [Read More]
3D map of human genome shows DNA 'loops'
15 December 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
A study into the 3D structure of the human genome has revealed the locations of DNA 'loops' at unprecedented resolution... [Read More]
Sperm quality linked to general health
15 December 2014 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Men with poor semen quality are more likely to also suffer from unrelated health problems, such as hypertension, a study suggests... [Read More]
Smoking can 'erase' the Y chromosome
15 December 2014 - by Arit Udoh
Smoking can accelerate the loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells, a study claims... [Read More]
Gene found to double risk of heart attacks.
15 December 2014 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Scientists have identified a set of rare gene mutations that may increase the risk of early heart attacks... [Read More]
Pfizer to set up dedicated gene therapy development unit
15 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
Pfizer has entered into a deal with biotech company Spark Therapeutics to conduct research into gene therapy for haemophilia B... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy
15 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne
Surrogacy has always posed serious legal and ethical questions of society, and will continue to do so for a while yet... [Read More]

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