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CONTENTS Issue #676 (8 October 2012)
COMMENT
Freeing us from our cells: avoiding inherited mitochondrial disease
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Sir Mark Walport
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Freeing us from our cells: avoiding inherited mitochondrial disease
8 October 2012 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
On 25 September 2012 the Progress Educational Trust held a debate on the issues surrounding new techniques to prevent the transmission of mitochondrial disease. The event was organised in partnership with City University London's science journalism course and was supported by the Wellcome Trust.... [Read More]
Viable mouse eggs made from stem cells
8 October 2012 - by Sarah Pritchard
A team of Japanese researchers has created mouse eggs from stem cells and has fertilised them using IVF to produce baby mice. It is the first time scientists have reported producing properly functioning eggs using this type of stem cell.... [Read More]
Researchers pinpoint gene fault causing deafness
8 October 2012 - by Dr Sarah Spain
US researchers have identified a genetic mutation responsible for the hearing loss that occurs with the condition Usher syndrome type I... [Read More]
Rapid test for genetic diseases in newborns developed
8 October 2012 - by Dr Lucy Freem
A streamlined method to find disease-causing single gene mutations has been developed to aid diagnosis of critically ill infants... [Read More]
UK High Court awards parenthood to male couple after Indian surrogate disappears
8 October 2012 - by Ruth Retassie
A male couple in the UK has been awarded legal parenthood over twins born through an Indian surrogacy arrangement without the consent of the mother.... [Read More]
Genomic supercomputer promises cancer treatment analysis in under a minute
8 October 2012 - by Paola Quattroni
A computer-based platform which looks to greatly speed up genetic analysis of tumours has been unveiled in the USA. Currently such analysis can take up to eight weeks, the new platform promises to deliver results in just 47 seconds... [Read More]
Scratching the womb lining may increase IVF success
8 October 2012 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Scratching the womb lining may increase a woman's chances of successful IVF treatment, say UK scientists... [Read More]
EU research funding programme may not support embryonic stem cell research
8 October 2012 - by Tom Barrow
The future funding of human embryonic stem cell research under the European Union may be in jeopardy after its inclusion in the next research funding programme is challenged by MEPs.... [Read More]
Professors Gurdon and Yamanaka awarded Nobel Prize for work on stem cells
8 October 2012 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Professor Sir John Gurdon of the University of Cambridge has been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on stem cells. He shares the prize for medicine or physiology with Professor Shinya Yamanaka from Japan... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Sir Mark Walport
8 October 2012 - by Helen Brooks
If you're after a tough, probing Paxman-style interview you'll be disappointed. However, Jim Al-Khalili's interview with the UK's next chief scientific advisor makes for entertaining and diverting listening... [Read More]

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