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Mitochondrial donation, Peers and the public
23 February 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
Earlier this month, a large majority of MPs voted in favour of Regulations that permit mitochondrial donation to be used in treatment. But mitochondrial donation will not become lawful in the UK unless the House of Lords also supports the Regulations, and the deciding vote is due to take place on 24 February... [Read More]
The 23andMe experience - a lot of knowledge is of little help?
23 February 2015 - by Alison Lashwood
The 23andMe test and other similar direct-to-consumer genetic tests are likely here to stay. Those in favour see them as a way of engaging the public with science and making it fun, but there are problematic aspects, too... [Read More]
Why sex makes sense, evolutionarily
23 February 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
Humanity's predisposition to disease has been reduced thanks to hundreds of generations of sexual reproduction, research shows... [Read More]
Masters of the genome – epigenomic 'map' revealed
23 February 2015 - by Dr Meghna Kataria
Scientists have unveiled a map of the human epigenome - the suite of molecular controllers which turn genes on and off in every human cell... [Read More]
23andMe gets FDA green light for direct-to-consumer test for rare genetic disorder
23 February 2015 - by Alice Hazelton
Genetic testing company 23andMe has obtained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market a direct-to-consumer genetic test for a rare mutation.... [Read More]
Findings boost HIV gene therapy optimism
23 February 2015 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
A kind of gene therapy has been shown to protect monkeys against HIV infection. The potential treatment instructs muscle cells to produce a protein that effectively neutralises the virus... [Read More]
Teenage sperm mutation rate higher than thought
23 February 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have found that the rate of mutation in the sperm cells of teenagers is much higher than previously thought... [Read More]
Thailand outlaws commercial surrogacy for foreigners
23 February 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Thailand's parliament has passed a law banning surrogacy for foreign couples, after two scandals sparked worldwide attention last year... [Read More]
Should the HFEA have a legal duty to consider economic growth?
23 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr
Members of the House of Lords have expressed concern about a Government Bill that would arguably compel the UK's fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, to consider economic growth when making its regulatory decisions... [Read More]
Radio Review: Exchanges at the Frontier - Genomics
23 February 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Within the first minute, it is already clear that genomic sequencing is something of a Pandora's Box; or, as AC Grayling calls it, 'a modern dilemma'... [Read More]
Event Review: 'Do You Really Want to Know?' screening by Genetic Alliance UK
23 February 2015 - by Sean Byrne
Do you really want to know? This was the question presented in the award-winning documentary of the same title, and to the panel in a discussion that followed its recent screening by Genetic Alliance UK... [Read More]

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