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CONTENTS Issue #788
COMMENT
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
TV Review: Modern Times - The Vikings are coming
Theatre Review: The Empty Frame
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Should Parliament vote to allow 'three-parent babies'?
2 February 2015 - by Dr Iain Brassington
It seems to have happened very quickly: it was only in 2012 that the public consultation process about allowing mitochondrial donation to be used on humans was underway; and now – if you'll allow the pun – the first child to have benefitted from them could be conceivable in the next few months... [Read More]
23andMe only heightens the need for genetic counselling
2 February 2015 - by Dr Joyce Harper
Partially out of curiosity and partially as an assignment for Radio 4's PM show, I was one of the first to 'get to know me', as their company slogan goes, and have my genome analysed by 23andMe... [Read More]
Mitochondrial donation: Church of England, Nobel prize winners weigh in on opposite sides
2 February 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
A group of researchers, including five Nobel laureates, has urged the UK's Parliament to legislate for mitochondrial donation... [Read More]
Biogen makes moves in gene therapy
2 February 2015 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Biogen Idec has made an investment deal to develop gene therapy treatments for haemophilia A and B.... [Read More]
AstraZeneca commits to CRISPR gene-editing collaboration
2 February 2015 - by Claire Downes
AstraZeneca has joined up with academic and industrial research partners to use CRISPR, a new and much-hyped gene-editing technology in their quest for new medicines.... [Read More]
Myriad Genetics settles with BRCA test competitors
2 February 2015 - by Cait McDonagh
Myriad Genetics has settled litigation with competitors who had been using genetic testing for breast cancer genes... [Read More]
Most siblings with autism carry different risk-genes
2 February 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Siblings with autism do not share the same contributory genetic factor in almost 70 percent of cases, a study has revealed.... [Read More]
'Long life' gene might also protect against mental decline
2 February 2015 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A genetic variant may not only help some people live longer, but also changes the way their brain ages, a study suggests.... [Read More]
No more empty pates: stem cell therapy for baldness
2 February 2015 - by Ana Ilic
Stem cells have been used to induce human hair growth in mice, in a US study. The researchers say their work could represent the first step in creating a cell-based treatment for male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, which affects almost half of all men by the age of 50... [Read More]
TV Review: Modern Times - The Vikings are coming
2 February 2015 - by Professor Eric Blyth
The central characters in Sue Bourne's hour-long documentary 'The Vikings Are Coming' are three single women, Holly (36), Gemma (40), and Amanda (43) and a lesbian couple in their thirties, Kal and Anna. Largely reliant on video footage filmed by the women themselves, viewers are able to witness Holly's, Gemma's, Kal's and Anna's emotional roller-coaster as they try to get pregnant using Danish donor sperm... [Read More]
Theatre Review: The Empty Frame
2 February 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
'The Empty Frame' by the PSYCHEdelight theatre company was billed as an edgy and controversial play but fails to go into any previously unexplored territory or bring any new perspectives.... [Read More]

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