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CONTENTS Issue #971
Whose genome is it anyway? Big Data and your DNA
Book Review: Dreams Before the Start of Time
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Whose genome is it anyway? Big Data and your DNA
15 October 2018 - by Annabel Slater
DNA is effectively data. If we are concerned about the data stored on our phones and computers, on social media sites and government servers, should we extend our concern to our DNA? ... [Read More]
Same-sex mice have pups thanks to stem cell technique
15 October 2018 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Researchers have bred mouse pups with genetic material from two male, or two female parents... [Read More]
Why single embryo transfers in IVF sometimes result in twins
15 October 2018 - by Jamie Rickman
The reasons why IVF treatment sometimes results in twin or triplet births – even though only one embryo is used – have been found by the largest study to date on single embryo transfer and multiple pregnancy... [Read More]
Sperm swimming ability declining in USA and Spain
15 October 2018 - by Kate Robinson
Sperm motility, a measure of sperm quality, is declining in the USA and Spain, two new studies have found... [Read More]
£40 gene test could predict heart disease risk
15 October 2018 - by Dr Melanie Krause
A one-off genetic test could identify people with a genetic predisposition to coronary heart disease, according to a new study... [Read More]
Drug significantly boosts IVF rates, clinical trial finds
15 October 2018 - by Isobel Steer
A new IVF drug has been shown to help boost birth rates following IVF treatment, by helping embryos implant in the womb... [Read More]
Genome editing in mouse fetuses may pave way in humans
15 October 2018 - by Mikey Lebrett
Genome editing has been successfully used to treat a serious liver disease in fetal mice while still in-utero... [Read More]
Book Review: Dreams Before the Start of Time
15 October 2018 - by Susan Tranfield-Thomas
'Dreams Before the Start of Time', a novel by Ann Charnock, 2018 winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for SFX Book of the Year, begins in a not-so-distant possible future. In this world, humans exert so much control over reproduction that, over the course of just 100 years, the notion of gestating a fetus in its mother's womb comes to be viewed with pity if not downright hostility... [Read More]

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