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CONTENTS Issue #699
Film Review: Side Effects
TV Review: The Only Way is Essex
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People with Marfan syndrome must be supported in starting families free of the disease
8 April 2013 - by Dr Anne Child
Marfan syndrome is a terrible disease. Families must have access to preimplantation genetic diagnosis to limit the genetic impact on their families in the future... [Read More]
Genetic Chan-ges
8 April 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
This week's edition of BioNews sees a new Genetics Editor, Siobhan Chan, at the controls.... [Read More]
Ageing genes may affect cancer and heart risk
8 April 2013 - by Dr Greg Ball
Genes that influence the so-called 'biological age' of cells may also influence susceptibility to many age-related diseases... [Read More]
Companies hold patents on entire human genome
8 April 2013 - by Ruth Saunders
A new study has reported that the entire human genome may be under patents held by commercial companies.... [Read More]
Genetic analysis tracks HIV-antibody arms race
8 April 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
For the first time, scientists have observed how the human immune system makes antibodies capable of neutralising the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), confirming the belief that their production occurs only after the virus has started to diversify.... [Read More]
Genetic markers predict Alzheimer's risk
8 April 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Three new genetic markers for Alzheimer's disease have been identified, pointing to a less well-known mechanism to explain how the disease develops... [Read More]
Over 80 genetic regions linked to breast, prostate or ovarian cancer
8 April 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
The largest ever study into cancer genes has identified more than 80 genetic markers for breast, prostate and ovarian cancer.... [Read More]
Powdered eggs are 'future of fertility preservation'
8 April 2013 - by Cait McDonagh
An experimental preservation method could let women store eggs at home as a powder and then ‘just add water’ (and sperm) when needed... [Read More]
A logical step: biocomputing pushes forward
8 April 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
One of the essential components of a computer, the transistor, has been created in a living biological system for the first time... [Read More]
Film Review: Side Effects
28 March 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Lives are torn apart by the misuse of prescription drugs in Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects', a twist-filled indictment of the pharmaceutical industry and the US healthcare system... [Read More]
TV Review: The Only Way is Essex
8 April 2013 - by Daniel Malynn
The Only Way is Essex, commonly known as TOWIE, has moved on from vajazzling (don't ask), love triangles, and weight loss to surrogacy. For those hoping that this subject is treated with respect and sensitivity, you'll be sorely disappointed.... [Read More]

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