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Cancer blood test detects tumours by size of DNA fragments
12 November 2018 - by Isobel Steer
A test has been developed that can detect at least eight different types of cancer, by characterising the size of tumour DNA fragments in the blood... [Read More]
Fertility rate halves across world
12 November 2018 - by Eleanor Lynam
The number of children born per woman has halved globally since 1950, according to a study published by the Lancet... [Read More]
First patient receives stem cell transplant in Parkinson's trial
12 November 2018 - by Martha Henriques
A male patient in his fifties has received a stem cell injection into the brain in an early phase trial for Parkinson's disease... [Read More]
Long life has little to do with genetics
12 November 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
Your genetics may have less impact on how long you will live than previously thought, according to research using family trees consisting of more than 400 million individuals... [Read More]
Rising IVF success blamed for fall in England's adoption rates
12 November 2018 - by Sarah Pritchard
Improvements in the success rates of IVF treatment have been cited as part of the reason fewer people are choosing to adopt children in the UK, despite the number of children currently in care reaching a record high... [Read More]
Canadian government tables reform to assisted reproduction laws
5 November 2018 - by Nina Chohan
The Canadian government has proposed updates to existing assisted reproduction law, including payment of expenses to gamete donors and surrogates... [Read More]
Children of older fathers have more medical problems
5 November 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle
Older men are more likely to have children born prematurely, a study in the USA has found, while their partners are at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes... [Read More]
FDA approves DNA test for predicting drug effectiveness – if it carries warnings
5 November 2018 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first consumer pharmacogenetic test, but not without crucial caveats... [Read More]
Heart stem cell trial 'paused' in wake of study retraction
5 November 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A US government agency has 'paused' a trial of stem cell treatment for heart failure following calls for 31 scientific papers to be retracted... [Read More]
Israel rejects bill to extend surrogacy to same-sex couples
5 November 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Israel's parliament, the Knesset has rejected a bill to allow single men and gay couples equal access to surrogacy... [Read More]
Lancashire CCGs cut IVF services from two cycles to one
5 November 2018 - by Martha Henriques
Access to IVF in Lancashire and South Cumbria will be reduced to one cycle, the eight NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the region have announced. Seven of the CCGs previously permitted two cycles... [Read More]
Study suggests 96 percent of people 'immune' to CRISPR/Cas9
5 November 2018 - by Eleanor Lynam
The genome editing system, CRISPR/Cas9, may not be as successful in humans as hoped... [Read More]
Epigenetic signature linked to Alzheimer's discovered
29 October 2018 - by Martha Henriques
A pattern of epigenetic alteration of genes involved in Alzheimer's disease has been discovered... [Read More]
Gene therapy trial for Parkinson's disease begins
29 October 2018 - by Ewa Zotow
A novel gene therapy to improve symptoms in Parkinson's disease is being trialled by researchers in London and Paris... [Read More]
Local areas in England are setting their own IVF access criteria
29 October 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
Clinical commissioning groups in England are setting their own criteria – contrary to official guidelines – to ration access to NHS fertility services, according to campaign group Fertility Fairness... [Read More]
New CRISPR tool opens up more of the genome
29 October 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Researchers have identified a new enzyme to make the genome editing approach, CRISPR, able to target more locations within the genome... [Read More]
Ovarian cancer drug olaparib slows recurrence and cuts deaths
29 October 2018 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
A drug to treat ovarian cancer has shown promising results in a clinical trial, delaying signs of relapse and reducing chances of death. The drug olaparib, a PARP inhibitor, was used in patients with BRCA-mutated advanced ovarian cancer... [Read More]
UK's first spina bifida surgeries in the womb completed
29 October 2018 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Surgeons have successfully repaired the spines of two fetuses with spina bifida, a spinal birth defect, for the first time in the UK... [Read More]
Epigenetic test sorts fatal from manageable prostate cancer
22 October 2018 - by Isobel Steer
Researchers have identified a DNA methylation signature that can identify aggressive prostate cancer, with up to 92 percent accuracy... [Read More]
Father's nicotine use risks cognitive problems down the generations
22 October 2018 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A father's smoking habit can cause cognitive deficits in the second and third generations, a study in mice has shown... [Read More]
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