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CONTENTS Issue #1081
COMMENT
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Event Review: Jewish Genetics Awareness Month – Knowledge is power
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Will a COVID-19 vaccine change my DNA?
1 February 2021 - by Professor Frances Flinter
In order to be approved for use in the UK, vaccines must meet the strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency... [Read More]
Class action lawsuit: has Monash IVF breached its legal duty of care?
1 February 2021 - by Dr Patrick Foong
A law firm has filed a class action against Monash IVF, one of Australia's largest IVF clinics, following allegations that the fertility clinic may have destroyed healthy embryos through a defective non-invasive genetic screening test... [Read More]
FILM: Known Unknowns – The Follow-Up Interviews
1 February 2021 - by BioNews
In this series of short films, speakers from last years Progress Educational Trust event 'Known Unknowns: The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation' answer follow-up questions about 'known donor' arrangements in sperm and egg donation... [Read More]
UK offers genomic expertise to identify new COVID strains worldwide
1 February 2021 - by Dr Eleanor Lynam
The UK has offered to use its world-leading expertise in genomics to aid countries that lack the resources to identify evolving variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus... [Read More]
TALENs outperforms CRISPR/Cas9 in editing compact DNA
1 February 2021 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Researchers comparing different methods of genome editing have found that in some contexts, TALENs work more efficiently than CRISPR/Cas9... [Read More]
COVID-19 may harm male reproductive function
1 February 2021 - by Jen Willows
A new research paper warns that COVID-19 can affect men's sperm, but it may not be that simple… [Read More]
Self-renewal ability of blood stem cells identified
1 February 2021 - by Stella Hume
The pathway that allows blood stem cells to hibernate, and therefore repeatedly renew themselves, has been revealed... [Read More]
Complete sequence of DNA repair mechanism identified
1 February 2021 - by Lopamudra Banerjee
The entire repair cycle of DNA replication has been identified for the first time... [Read More]
Obituary: Professor Lewis Wolpert, renowned developmental biologist
1 February 2021 - by Dr George Janes
Professor Lewis Wolpert, a highly accomplished developmental biologist, science communicator and humanist, sadly died on 28 January 2021... [Read More]
Event Review: Jewish Genetics Awareness Month – Knowledge is power
1 February 2021 - by Daniel Jacobson
Jnetics and Chana shared their first joint event, with leading experts speaking about Jewish genetic disorder carrier screening, fertility advice and the reproductive options available to ensure genetic disorders are not passed onto future children... [Read More]

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