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DNA editing outside the cell with CRISPR could improve cancer diagnosis
23 April 2018 - by Isobel Steer
'Cell-free' CRISPR has been developed by scientists at the Christine Care Health System's Gene Editing Institute in Delaware, allowing them to extract cellular DNA and make multiple, significant edits to the genetic code... [Read More]
Human Cell Atlas releases first data
23 April 2018 - by Hannah Tippett Simpson
The first major dataset from the Human Cell Atlas, a multi-year effort to catalogue the estimated 37.2 trillion cells of the human body, has been released... [Read More]
Italy refuses to register baby born to lesbian couple
23 April 2018 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
A lesbian couple in Italy has been asked to declare that their baby was naturally conceived in order to register him at the public records office... [Read More]
Campaign for UK Parliament to extend the 10-year storage limit on egg freezing
23 April 2018 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Dr Kylie Baldwin, Dr Lucy Van de Wiel and Professor Jacky Boivin
In the UK, the storage limit for eggs frozen for social reasons is currently limited to ten years: too short for healthy young women wanting to preserve their opportunities to conceive later in life... [Read More]
The Real Cost of IVF
16 April 2018 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
'The Real Cost of IVF' event organised by Progress Educational Trust (PET), despite its an ambiguous title, had a very specific purpose: to acknowledge, discuss, and to raise awareness of the emotional and psychological price paid by people who undergo fertility treatment... [Read More]
How blockchain technology can stop misuse of personal genomic data
9 April 2018 - by Dr Axel Schumacher
Reading Debbie Kennett's recent comment article on personal genetic testing (see BioNews 939), I found myself in complete agreement... [Read More]
Event Review: Personal Genome Project UK's GenoME launch
23 April 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Being an unashamed enthusiast for genetics and genomics research and its potential to improve human health, I was delighted when an email announcing the unveiling of the Personal Genome Project (PGP) UK pilot study arrived in my inbox... [Read More]
Film Review: Annihilation
16 April 2018 - by Anna Mallach
Annihilation is the long-awaited second movie by director Alex Garland, which is now available through Netflix. Following a meteor impact in a rural part of the USA, a 'shimmer' starts to grow: a weird barrier to the outside world, which keeps expanding and engulfing everything in its path... [Read More]
Video Review: The Future of Your Genetic Health
9 April 2018 - by Kathryn Ashe
I thought I was keeping myself well informed about progress in genetic technologies, and what scientists and policy-makers are doing to balance the potential scientific and clinical benefits with ethical obligations. But evidently not, as the fact that some members of the public have been injecting themselves with CRISPR... [Read More]