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A quarter of human genes have been entirely neglected by research
24 September 2018 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Of the human genome's 20,000 or so genes, about 2000 have received almost all the attention of biomedical researchers... [Read More]
Frequent sex – not abstinence – is better for sperm quality
24 September 2018 - by Christie Whitehouse
Sperm quality and pregnancy outcomes in IVF may be improved with frequent ejaculation, a new study suggests... [Read More]
Home DNA test kits should come with a warning, says HFEA
24 September 2018 - by Rachel Siden
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is urging companies that offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing to provide more comprehensive warnings to customers. [Read More]
Maria Bitner-Glindzicz obituary: Pioneer geneticist killed in London cycling incident
24 September 2018 - by Martha Henriques
Clinical and molecular geneticist at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz, has died at the age of 55 after a traffic incident while cycling in central London... [Read More]
Prenatal tests are misused for sex-selection in the UK
24 September 2018 - by Rikita Patel
Prenatal tests offered by private UK clinics are misused for sex-selection and could lead to abortions of female fetuses, according to a BBC investigation... [Read More]
Sandy Raeburn obituary: Distinguished genetic disease researcher dies
24 September 2018 - by Henry Raikes
The clinician and world authority on inherited diseases, Professor John Alexander Raeburn – affectionately known as Sandy – has died aged 77... [Read More]
Skeletal stem cells discovered in humans
24 September 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Scientists have found sources of skeletal stem cells in humans for the first time... [Read More]
BPA-free plastics harm eggs and sperm in mice
17 September 2018 - by Dr Elizabeth Oliver
Plastics that do not contain bisphenol A (BPA) – a compound known to harm reproductive health – may not necessarily be any safer than those that do, experiments in mice have shown... [Read More]
Broad Institute wins key CRISPR patent battle
17 September 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
A US appeal court judgment in favour of the Broad Institute may mark the close of the long-running dispute over the US patent for the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in animal and plant cells... [Read More]
Dead son's sperm used to create grandson without consent
17 September 2018 - by Martha Henriques
An investigation has been launched looking into how an embryo was created from a deceased man's sperm without his consent. [Read More]
Freeze eggs before 35 for IVF success, says UK report
17 September 2018 - by Georgia Everett
The age at which a woman freezes her eggs has a significant impact on IVF success when they are thawed, suggests a new report by the UK's fertility regulator... [Read More]
Genome editing key gene gives breast cancer insights
17 September 2018 - by Melanie Krause
A new and faster way to evaluate the pathogenicity of different variants of a breast-cancer related gene has been developed using CRISPR genome editing... [Read More]
Simple urine test for early-stage ovarian cancer edges closer
17 September 2018 - by Isobel Steer
UK scientists have discovered a protein biomarker of early-stage ovarian cancer, which they hope will be detectable in a urine test... [Read More]
Three patients die from breast cancer through organ donation
17 September 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager
Four organ recipients developed cancer after doctors did not detect breast cancer in an organ donor... [Read More]
CRISPR used to kill bacteria without antibiotics
10 September 2018 - by Martha Henriques
A new approach to kill bacteria has been developed using genome editing, bypassing the need for antibiotics... [Read More]
First in-body genome editing trial appears safe
10 September 2018 - by Charlotte Spicer
Preliminary results from the first clinical trial to use genome editing directly in the body suggest that the technique is safe... [Read More]
IVF babies at greater risk of high blood pressure as teens
10 September 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
People born with the aid of IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are six times more likely to develop high blood pressure as adolescents, a preliminary study has found... [Read More]
IVF cuts encourage risky multiple pregnancies, warns UK report
10 September 2018 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Cuts to fertility treatments in the UK are putting women at higher risk of having multiple pregnancies, and increasing costs to the NHS, according to a new report... [Read More]
World-first gene therapy wins world's top €1m vision prize
10 September 2018 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Seven scientists from the USA and the UK have shared the largest annual award related to vision research... [Read More]
Aggressive prostate cancer gene identified
3 September 2018 - by Isobel Steer
Finnish researchers have identified two possible mutations in one gene that are both correlated with prostate cancer... [Read More]
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