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CONTENTS Issue #972
COMMENT
Bring on the bots: Chatbots will make genetic counselling services more accessible
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Radio Review: Fertility and the Environment – BBC Radio 4
Film Review: Thank You For Coming
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Bring on the bots: Chatbots will make genetic counselling services more accessible
22 October 2018 - by Tara Schmidlen and Amy Curry Sturm
It's 2018, and Alexa has become a common household name. The iPhone just turned 10 and roughly two-thirds of adults worldwide own a smartphone. About 84 percent of the global population lives in an area where mobile broadband access is available. At the same time, genetic testing has become more affordable and accessible to consumers, with direct-to-consumer genetic testing pioneer, 23andMe, now boasting five million users in over 50 countries... [Read More]
Scientists call for controversial heart stem cell trial to be stopped
22 October 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Clinicians and researchers have petitioned that a clinical trial for a stem-cell based treatment for heart disease be halted, as some of the results on which it was based have been called into question... [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]
Genome editing treats inherited liver disease PKU in mice
22 October 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager
Researchers have successfully used genome editing in mice to correct a genetic mutation that causes the liver disease phenylketonuria (PKU)... [Read More]
Sperm quality is seasonal, suggests study
22 October 2018 - by Dr Katie Howe
Men produce the higher quality sperm in autumn and spring, according to a large study in the USA... [Read More]
Spontaneous DNA errors may lead to dementia
22 October 2018 - by Lone Hørlyck
Many cases of dementia could be caused by non-inherited, spontaneous DNA mutations early in prenatal life, a new study suggests... [Read More]
Radio Review: Fertility and the Environment – BBC Radio 4
22 October 2018 - by Dr Elizabeth Oliver
A dystopian world where environmental pollutants are leading to sterility of the human race – fiction, or a stark reality of where we are heading?... [Read More]
Film Review: Thank You For Coming
22 October 2018 - by Georgia Everett
Watching this film truly brought me into the shoes of a donor-conceived child. As an embryologist, I’ve been trained to be empathetic and well-counselled on the rollercoaster that is fertility treatment, but film-maker Sara Lamm’s search for her donor father opened a world of emotions I had yet to consider... [Read More]

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