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Evelyn Harvey

Evelyn Harvey was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews.

BioNews News articles written by Evelyn Harvey:
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New blood test for fetal genetic disease shows promise
8 December 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
By Evelyn Harvey: A new method for early detection of genetic diseases in unborn babies using a simple blood test can detect the inherited condition beta-thalassemia, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Although the technique, which analyses cell free fetal DNA (cffDNA) present... [Read More]
Genetic risk factors for brain aneurysms identified in large-scale study
17 November 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
A large study has identified for the first time three genetic risk factors for brain aneurysms, bulging blood vessels in the brain that can cause fatal strokes when they rupture. Since patients with a brain aneurysm can show no symptoms prior to having a stroke, being able... [Read More]
Gene variant increases Africans' HIV risk
21 July 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
A form of a gene that protects many Africans from certain forms of malaria increases HIV infection risk, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe. Researchers Professor Sunil K Ahuja, from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio... [Read More]
Widow fights for right to use late husband's sperm to conceive
27 May 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
A legal fight by a UK woman to have a child using sperm taken from her husband after his death is underway. The case highlights the need for regulatory clarity on the issue, which first came to prominence in 1995 when Diane Blood won the right to... [Read More]
Mice don't need some genes humans can't do without
19 May 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
Many of the genes required for human life are not needed by mice, according to an intriguing study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS). Mice are used extensively in the study of human disease, as they share 85 per cent of... [Read More]
Mouse heart and blood cells obtained from reprogrammed skin cells
6 May 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
Heart and blood cells can be grown from reprogrammed mouse skin cells, report University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers in the journal Stem Cells. The researchers say this is the first demonstration that stem cells from reprogrammed skin can be used to generate three types of... [Read More]
First heart attack patients in UK trial of stem cell therapy
28 April 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
Two men were the first subjects of a groundbreaking clinical research trial to establish the efficacy of treating patients with stem cells from their own bone marrow hours after a heart attack. The randomised controlled trial, the first to be supported by the UK Stem Cell Foundation... [Read More]
Scientists argue for freedom to develop sperm and eggs from stem cells
21 April 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
An international panel of experts has argued that political 'interference' in scientific research should not be based solely on moral or ethical concerns. The Hinxton Group, a group of 40 scientists, bioethicists, lawyers and regulators formed in 2006 to address reproductive technology and policy concerns, made the... [Read More]
Skin-derived stem cells treat Parkinson's disease in rats
14 April 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
Nerve tissue derived from stem cells made from reprogrammed skin developed into normal brain tissue and relieved symptoms of Parkinson's disease in rats, in a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) last week. Scientists at the Whitehead... [Read More]