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Couple sues IVF clinic after embryo mix-up
15 July 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
A couple are suing a US fertility clinic after an IVF mix-up resulted in the woman giving birth to twin boys unrelated to them - or each other... [Read More]
Healthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk irrespective of genetics
15 July 2019 - by Jen Willows
A healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of getting dementia, even in people who have a genetic predisposition, according to a new study... [Read More]
Lack of vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer
15 July 2019 - by Dr Katie Howe
Women who have fewer protective bacteria in the vagina may be at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to new research... [Read More]
NHS approves gene-silencing drug for rare hereditary condition
15 July 2019 - by Charlotte Spicer
The first RNA-based therapy has been approved for NHS use in England... [Read More]
Plaque to finally honour snubbed IVF pioneers
15 July 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
The Royal Oldham Hospital is commissioning a new plaque to honour Jean Purdy and Sister Muriel Harris who played a pivotal role in the world's first IVF baby... [Read More]
Australia launches genetic testing moratorium for life insurance
8 July 2019 - by Jen Willows
A new moratorium prevents insurance providers from asking genetic test results be disclosed in applications for life insurance of AU$500,000 or below... [Read More]
Genome editing 'cures' mice of HIV infection
8 July 2019 - by Melanie Krause
For the first time, US researchers have used a combination of genome editing and antiretroviral therapy to eliminate HIV from mice... [Read More]
Get A Drip withdraws unproven 'fertility IV'
8 July 2019 - by Rikita Patel
Wellness company Get A Drip has taken its 'fertility IV' drip off the market after the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said there was no evidence its treatment could improve fertility... [Read More]
Human embryo model made from stem cells is most advanced yet
8 July 2019 - by Dr Elizabeth Oliver
Scientists have used embryonic stem cells to create three-dimensional early-stage human embryos that are more complex than any previous lab-generated embryo model... [Read More]
Scientist lines up couples for genome-edited babies
8 July 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A Russian scientist who announced his intention to create genome-edited babies last month, has now revealed details of his plan... [Read More]
Canadian doctor loses licence for using own sperm in IVF
1 July 2019 - by Sarah Gregory
A Canadian fertility specialist, Dr Norman Barwin, has lost his medical licence for using the wrong sperm, including his own, to inseminate a number of IVF patients... [Read More]
Dispute resumes as US patent office re-examines CRISPR invention
1 July 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
The US patent office has declared an 'interference' - re-opening the long-running dispute between the University of California (UC), Berkeley and the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, over who invented CRISPR genome editing first... [Read More]
Scientists oppose proposal to close UK mouse-research centre
1 July 2019 - by Dr James Heather
More than 150 researchers have backed a letter written by senior scientists protesting the move to close one of the UK’s leading mouse-genetics centres at the Harwell Institute in Oxfordshire... [Read More]
ICSI no better than IVF for routine infertility cases
26 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The increasingly popular technique ICSI has no advantages over IVF in treating cases not related to male infertility, according to a new study... [Read More]
Men in their fifties have reduced success in fertility treatment
26 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The chance of success with fertility treatment using IVF or ICSI decreases if a man is over 51, according to a new study... [Read More]
Air pollution reduces women's egg reserves
25 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Exposure to environmental air pollutants may decrease a woman's ovarian reserve, suggests a new study... [Read More]
Success rates for IVF and ICSI in Europe plateau
25 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
While IVF use in Europe has risen, the success rates after IVF or ICSI appear to have peaked... [Read More]
100 BRCA gene variants linked to cancer found
24 June 2019 - by Georgia Everett
A large international study has identified the cancer risk associated with hundreds of mutations in BRCA genes. The findings will help improve accuracy when interpreting genetic test information on BRCA genes... [Read More]
Breast cancer risk increased by IVF in women over 40
24 June 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Older women undergoing fertility treatment have an increased risk of breast cancer, suggests a large study. [Read More]
Deer antler discovery points way to new cancer treatments
24 June 2019 - by Dr Lea Goetz
The rapid annual regrowth of deer antlers is down to a combination of cancer-linked genes and tight regulation of them by tumour-suppressing genes, finds a new study. The results may offer a new avenue for cancer treatment research in humans... [Read More]
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