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CONTENTS Issue #1103
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Should we edit human embryos' genomes, and if so then how?
12 July 2021 - by Dr Dieter Egli
I recently received a thoughtful letter from a college student I do not know – I'll call her Claudia* – who took the time to reach out to me with her perspective on heritable genome editing in embryos... [Read More]
FILM: Sandy Starr and Simon Wilde discuss whole genome sequencing, newborn screening and public dialogue
12 July 2021 - by BioNews
A conversation between Sandy Starr (deputy director of the Progress Educational Trust) and Simon Wilde (engagement director at Genomics England) about a new report on whole genome sequencing and newborn screening... [Read More]
WHO publishes guidelines for human genome editing
12 July 2021 - by Jen Willows
The World Health Organisation has released new guidelines for the governance of genome editing in humans... [Read More]
Genetic variants affecting COVID-19 susceptibility identified
12 July 2021 - by Abbie Harper
Our genomes can influence the susceptibility and response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, determining the severity of symptoms... [Read More]
IVF treatment on the NHS to return in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
12 July 2021 - by Georgina Al-Badri
NHS-funded IVF treatment will soon be reinstated in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, four years after suspension of funding... [Read More]
Genetic variant discovered that protects against obesity
12 July 2021 - by Anna Wernick
A large-scale study has identified genetic variants strongly associated with regulating body weight... [Read More]
China's BGI Group is using its prenatal test to harvest gene data, claims report
12 July 2021 - by Christina Burke
Genetic data from millions of prenatal blood samples are being used for population research by China, claims Reuters... [Read More]
Gene carried by one in 3000 men increases risk of type 2 diabetes
12 July 2021 - by Bernie Owusu-Yaw
Rare genetic variants in the GIGYF1 gene that increase an man's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by six-fold, have been identified by researchers at the University of Cambridge... [Read More]
Nationwide UK public dialogue supports whole genome sequencing in newborns
12 July 2021 - by Dr Eleanor Lynam
Members of the UK public are largely supportive of the use of whole genome sequencing in newborn screening, according to a national public dialogue... [Read More]
Genes drive sexual and reproductive behaviour
12 July 2021 - by Michaela Chen
The age people have sex for the first time, and become parents for the first time, are partly controlled by their genes, a team at the University of Oxford has shown... [Read More]
Event Review: Shining a Light on Genetic Disorders – Genetic eye disorders
12 July 2021 - by Joseph Hamilton
The Institute of Genetics and Cancer at the University of Edinburgh virtually hosted their seventh genetic eye disease conference in June 2021, connecting geneticists, clinicians and researchers from the Medical Reseach Council Human Genetics Unit... [Read More]
Book Review: The Mother Project – Making it to parenthood the (very) long way round
12 July 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
I've followed Sophie Beresiner's award-winning column in the Times, The Mother Project, throughout my PhD, with her pieces providing an intended mother's perspective of surrogacy... [Read More]

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