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Genetic 'stealth' condition causes more cancers than thought
21 January 2019 - by Yvonne Collins
A common hereditary condition which causes the body to overload with iron, is linked to higher levels of disease and disability than previously thought, according to a cohort study using UK BioBank data... [Read More]
Genome study could offer DNA test to predict life expectancy
21 January 2019 - by Helen Robertson
Scientists have produced a longevity scoring system to predict whether a person can expect to live longer or die sooner than average, based on the cumulative effect of genetic variants that influence lifespan... [Read More]
HFEA: patients should not pay for unproven IVF 'add-ons'
21 January 2019 - by Rikita Patel
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has published a final consensus statement advising that IVF clinics should not charge patients for add-on treatments that are not proven effective by clinical trials... [Read More]
Largest US twin study looks at how your postcode affects health
21 January 2019 - by Dr Rachel Brown
A study attempting to clarify the ongoing 'nature vs nurture debate' has confirmed that the issue is complex - and that most conditions are probably caused by an interaction of both... [Read More]
London hospital to provide ovary freezing for cancer patients
21 January 2019 - by Bethany Muller
A programme for freezing ovarian tissue to preserve fertility before cancer treatment in young girls is being launched at the Royal Free London Hospital, Hampstead... [Read More]
Oldham CCG cuts IVF cycle funding from three to one
21 January 2019 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Oldham's Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that it will reduce the number of IVF cycles offered to new patients from three cycles to one... [Read More]
Canadian man gets surrogate-born twins back after immigration row
14 January 2019 - by Suzi Denton
A single father whose twin girls were born through gestational surrogacy in Kenya has been allowed to return home to Canada with his children... [Read More]
Controversial genome-editing scientist Dr He is alive and under guard
14 January 2019 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Chinese scientist Dr He Jiankui, who claimed to have created the world's first genome-edited babies is said to be alive and well, and under guard at home... [Read More]
India's lower house passes bill banning commercial surrogacy
14 January 2019 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
The Lok Sabha, India's lower house, has passed a bill that bans commercial surrogacy... [Read More]
Loss of crucial protein could explain endometriosis and infertility link
14 January 2019 - by Eleanor Mackle
A protein has been identified as the┬áreason why endometriosis causes infertility, according to a new study... [Read More]
NHS plan promises genomic tests for all children with cancer
14 January 2019 - by Grace O'Regan
The Long Term Plan announced by the NHS this week has detailed a proposal to offer whole-genome sequencing for all children with cancer in England... [Read More]
Repeat miscarriages could be due to faulty sperm
14 January 2019 - by Jennifer Willows
Both partners should be offered tests when a couple experienced recurrent pregnancy loss, according to new research... [Read More]
Study suggests 'genetic formula' for monogamy
14 January 2019 - by Isobel Steer
Twenty-four genes strongly associated with monogamy in males have been discovered from analysing the genomes of ten animal species... [Read More]
Canadian citizenship quirk leaves surrogate-born twins stateless
7 January 2019 - by Suzi Denton
A Canadian man whose twin girls were born via gestational surrogacy in Kenya is currently unable to bring his children home due to Canadian citizenship laws... [Read More]
Chinese genome editing cancer trial loses track of patients
7 January 2019 - by Rachel Siden
Chinese scientists have allegedly lost track of patients who participated in a trial of a gene therapy for cancer... [Read More]
Father's appeal denied over forged IVF consent
7 January 2019 - by Jennifer Willows
A man whose ex-partner forged his signature on consent papers to become pregnant using their frozen embryos after they had split up has lost his appeal for damages... [Read More]
Irish government to set aside funds for IVF treatment
7 January 2019 - by Ruth Retassie
The Irish government has said that it will dedicate funding to couples needing IVF and assisted reproduction treatments... [Read More]
Pilot study launched for cancer breath test
7 January 2019 - by Charlott Repschlager
A pilot study on a breath test to detect cancer has been launched in the UK... [Read More]
Professor Robin Lovell-Badge appointed chair of the Progress Educational Trust
7 January 2019 - by Sandy Starr
The eminent developmental biologist Professor Robin Lovell-Badge has been appointed Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), the charity that publishes BioNews... [Read More]
Single people in the UK can now become parents via surrogacy
7 January 2019 - by Jennifer Willows
A remedial order has come into force that gives single people in the UK the same rights as couples to become the legal parents of their surrogate-born children... [Read More]
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