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Genome sequencing: What do patients think?
2 March 2015 - by Alice Hazelton
Genome sequencing offers great potential for the effective diagnosis and future treatment of many conditions. But while the excitement continues to grow around the science, few have stopped to ask what patients, the ultimate end-beneficiaries of this technology, think... [Read More]
Trying to right the wrong for donor conceived children
2 March 2015 - by Merry Varney and Jemma Dally
From April 2009, certain procedural steps have been required to ensure non-birth parents of donor conceived children, who are not married to or in a civil partnership with the birth parent, become the legal parent of their child. Unfortunately, a recent audit by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) discovered that 50 clinics reported anomalies with their practices and procedures in respect of the signing of the consent forms for legal parenthood... [Read More]
Good eggs, bad sperm and terrible journalism
2 March 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
You may have come across the story. 'Teenagers more likely to pass on genetic mutations to children,' reported The Independent. But was there research showing anything of the sort? The simple answer is no... [Read More]
House of Lords gives green light to mitochondrial donation
2 March 2015 - by Sandy Starr
The House of Lords has voted by 280 to 48 to pass regulations permitting mitochondrial donation. This makes the UK the first country in the world to legislate for the use of mitochondrial donation techniques in treatment... [Read More]
British woman in legal bid to use dead daughter's eggs
2 March 2015 - by Ruth Retassie
A British woman is in a legal bid to become pregnant using her deceased daughter's eggs, reports the Daily Mail. The mother, aged 59, said it was her daughter's dying wish before she died of bowel cancer four years ago... [Read More]
Unique human brain gene discovered
2 March 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
One of the genes behind the dramatic evolutionary enlargement of the human brain has been identified. By greatly increasing the number of cells in important brain regions, the gene in question might have helped humans develop cognitive abilities unrivalled in the animal kingdom... [Read More]
Graphene shows cancer treatment potential
2 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
Researchers have developed a novel approach to cancer treatment using the carbon-based nanomaterial graphene to target cancer stem cells... [Read More]
Europe's first marketing approval for stem cell product granted
2 March 2015 - by Ana Ilic
The European Commission has given conditional marketing approval to a stem-cell-based therapy for the first time... [Read More]
Ireland makes moves to ban commercial surrogacy
2 March 2015 - by Sean Byrne
The Irish Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has announced there will be new draft legislation to regulate surrogacy in Ireland – five months after surrogacy provisions proposed in January last year were dropped from a Bill currently before the Oireachtas... [Read More]
Eye teeth: Dental stem cells could be used to treat corneal scarring
2 March 2015 - by Daryl Ramai
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, have shown in mice that stem cells from the dental pulp, the inner part of the tooth made of tissue and cells, can be turned into cells of the eye's cornea... [Read More]
Review: Panorama – Can You Cure My Cancer?
2 March 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
This well-timed Panorama documentary details how innovative treatments are being developed at the Institute of Cancer Research and trialled at the Royal Marsden...

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