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Podcast Review: The Genetics Podcast - Patient powered research networks
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Genomics in an age of COVID-19
18 May 2020 - by Chris Wigley
COVID-19 has caused unprecedented levels of damage and disruption to the global population and economy, with no current cure or vaccine to prevent it. But, five months after the virus began to spread, there are still many questions that need to be answered... [Read More]
Reflections of a fertility doctor through the COVID-19 crisis
18 May 2020 - by Professor Adam Balen
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge challenges to our health service and to society as a whole. This has made me reflect on what it has meant to the fertility sector in the UK, the way we have responded and changes for the future... [Read More]
COVID-19 and reproduction: ESHRE COVID-19 working group update
18 May 2020 - by Dr Anna Veiga
The ESHRE working group on COVID-19 was constituted in early March as a group of ART experts working to investigate and offer updates on the possible consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic upon human reproduction and fertility in general... [Read More]
UK initiative to sequence coronavirus patient genomes
18 May 2020 - by Dr Katie Howe
Thirty-five thousand people in the UK with COVID-19 will have their genetic code analysed to understand how a person's genes affect how they react to the virus... [Read More]
3D sperm imaging could improve ICSI
18 May 2020 - by Javier Bautista
A new three dimensional (3D) imaging method can identify sperm moving at high speed and may help select the best sperm for use in assisted conception... [Read More]
Critical window for re-infection with HIV after stem cell transplantation
18 May 2020 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
New research, in HIV positive patients being treated for blood cancer, has identified a critical time window after donor transplantation, during which the expanding donor cells are particularly vulnerable to being infected with HIV. [Read More]
First epigenetic study in 3D human cancer cells
18 May 2020 - by Dr Charlott Repschlager
Researchers have, for the first time, characterised the epigenetic profile of tumour organoids and made their results available in public databases... [Read More]
Gene therapy reduces fat and builds muscle in mice
18 May 2020 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A novel gene therapy prevents obesity and builds muscle without the need for additional exercise or dieting. [Read More]
Human stem cells grown inside mouse embryos
18 May 2020 - by Emma Bunting
Scientists have developed a method that dramatically increases the production of human stem cells using mouse embryos... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The Genetics Podcast - Patient powered research networks
18 May 2020 - by Mikey Lebrett
In decades past, the great institutions of research and academia were often perceived as impenetrable fortresses, with their activities taking place behind closed doors.... [Read More]

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