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CONTENTS Issue #797
Prenatal testing, cancer risk and the overdiagnosis dilemma
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Prenatal testing, cancer risk and the overdiagnosis dilemma
13 April 2015 - by Dr Ainsley Newson and Associate Professor Stacy Carter
In March, Sequenom revealed that its MaterniT21 non-invasive prenatal test has detected potential cancer in some pregnant women. This is a good thing, right? Women in the prime of their lives receiving information that may catch a cancer early. But, we suggest, it is not this simple. ... [Read More]
Down's syndrome blood test more accurate than existing screening
13 April 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Research shows that a new prenatal blood test for Down's syndrome outperforms current methods of screening... [Read More]
Genetic test analyses 77 genes for breast cancer risk
13 April 2015 - by Dr Hannah Somers
A new wide-ranging test that looks at multiple sites in the DNA code could help predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer... [Read More]
Genetic link to sex crimes found
13 April 2015 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Fathers or brothers of men found guilty of committing a sexual offence are four to five times more likely than average to commit an offence themselves, a new study claims... [Read More]
Do pesticides reduce sperm quality?
13 April 2015 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
A recent study suggests that exposure to pesticide residue through diet may affect sperm quality... [Read More]
Personalised cancer vaccines show promise
13 April 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A new type of cancer vaccine that enriches the immune system with tailor-made anti-tumour antibodies has shown early signs of promise... [Read More]
Couple to sue US sperm bank that did not verify donor information
13 April 2015 - by Nina Chohan
A Canadian couple has filed a lawsuit against US-based sperm bank, Xytex, after they discovered that the sperm used to conceive their child was provided by a 'college drop out' with a criminal record and a history of schizophrenia... [Read More]
First IVF baby born after new technique to eliminate genetic disease
13 April 2015 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
The first baby in Europe has been born following a new IVF-based technique developed to prevent the inheritance of genetic disorders... [Read More]
Radio Review: Thinking Allowed - Commercial Surrogacy in India
13 April 2015 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
Last month BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed examined a rather extraordinary invitation: 'See the Taj Mahal by the moonlight while your embryo grows in a petri dish'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The Naked Scientists - A Hundred Thousand Genomes
13 April 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
In 2003 the first complete map of the human genome was unveiled and the world was promised a genomics-led revolution in medical science. In spite of this, it was only two years ago that the 100,000 Genomes Project was launched in the UK to sequence 100,000 genomes from NHS patients by 2017... [Read More]

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