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Duchenne gene therapy trial halted after serious reaction
18 November 2019 - by Charlotte Spicer
A gene therapy trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has been halted after a patient experienced serious side effects... [Read More]
E-CRISPR could be used to rapidly detect viruses
18 November 2019 - by Laura Riggall
Researchers claim that the genome-editing tool CRISPR could be used to detect dangerous viruses in a drop of blood within an hour... [Read More]
Epigenetic test offers speedy diagnosis for male infertility
18 November 2019 - by Bernie Owusu-Yaw
Scientists have discovered genetic biomarkers that could be used to distinguish between infertile and fertile men... [Read More]
Obituary: Frank Dobson, the politician pivotal to PET
18 November 2019 - by Marieke Bigg
The former Labour health secretary Frank Dobson, whose contributions in Parliament helped to pass the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, passed away on 11 November 2019, aged 79... [Read More]
UN call to stop criminalisation of surrogates in Cambodia
18 November 2019 - by Dr Lea Goetz
The UN has called on Cambodia to repeal the criminalisation of surrogates... [Read More]
Cancer cells limit DNA repair to overcome treatment
11 November 2019 - by Laura Riggall
Colorectal cancer cells increase the rate of mutations and impair DNA repair in their genomes to become more resistant to targeted therapies, a new study suggests... [Read More]
Egg freezing petition forced to close by general election
11 November 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
The Progress Educational Trust's (PET's) #ExtendTheLimit campaign to extend the ten-year storage limit for social egg freezing gathered over 1000 signatures to its online petition in its first week... [Read More]
Genome editing seems safe suggests first study in US patients
11 November 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Early results from the first clinical trial to use CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in three cancer patients in the USA suggest the approach is safe... [Read More]
IVF Fairness petition closed due to UK election
11 November 2019 - by Marieke Bigg
A petition to Parliament to tackle the national discrepancies in NHS IVF provision has been closed due to the upcoming UK general election... [Read More]
Woman has mutation which may protect against Alzheimer's
11 November 2019 - by Sarah Gregory
A rare gene-mutation may protect against the onset of symptoms in Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]
Alcohol causes epigenetic brain changes that could trigger cravings
4 November 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The breakdown products of alcohol can travel to the brain and alter gene activity, which in turn could influence behaviour, suggests a new study in mice... [Read More]
Largest-ever African genome study may give disease insights
4 November 2019 - by Rikita Patel
New genetic variants found in an African population provide insights into human health, according to a large genome study... [Read More]
Mother takes legal action against sperm bank for her child's dwarfism
4 November 2019 - by Laura Riggall
A woman has taken a sperm bank to court after giving birth to a child with dwarfism despite choosing a 6-foot-tall donor on its website, according to Russian reports... [Read More]
PET launches egg freezing #ExtendTheLimit campaign
4 November 2019 - by Georgia Everett
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) has launched its #ExtendTheLimit campaign, asking the UK public to sign an online petition requiring Parliament to address the law on egg freezing time limits... [Read More]
US disability council urges greater regulation of genetic testing
4 November 2019 - by Emma Laycock
The US National Council on Disability (NCD) has published a new report calling for greater oversight of genetic testing, particularly prenatal testing... [Read More]
Gates Foundation and NIH pledge $200 million for gene therapies
28 October 2019 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has teamed up with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US national science funding body, to pledge US$100 million each over four years towards development of gene therapies for HIV and sickle cell anaemia... [Read More]
New 'prime' genome editing offers promise
28 October 2019 - by Jennifer Frosch
An improved genome editing method could potentially correct 89 percent of known genetic defects causing disease, US scientists say. [Read More]
Study suggests 'gene drain' from Britain's industrial areas
28 October 2019 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A new study suggests a 'gene drain' linked to social migration in Great Britain, where people with a genetic predisposition for higher educational attainment are more likely to leave former industrial regions and live in wealthier areas... [Read More]
Sperm counts higher in men who eat a Mediterranean diet
27 October 2019 - by Dr Katie Howe
Men who follow a Mediterranean-style diet have higher sperm counts than men who eat unhealthily, according to a small new research study... [Read More]
Teen cancer patients not told about fertility risks
27 October 2019 - by Jakki Magowan
The Teenage Cancer Trust has recommended that the negative effect of cancer treatments on fertility needs to be better communicated to patients... [Read More]
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