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CONTENTS Issue #682 (19 November 2012)
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Preventing transmission of mitochondrial DNA disease: new developments
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Preventing transmission of mitochondrial DNA disease: new developments
19 November 2012 - by Professor Mary Herbert
The energy required for our cells to function properly is mainly produced by mitochondria. Mitochondria are tiny structures within our cells, which contain their own DNA. The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) encodes a small number of the many proteins required to produce energy efficiently. Mutations in mtDNA cause a broad spectrum of diseases and degenerative disorders, which can be fatal.... [Read More]
Dumbing down: mutations make modern man mindless, says academic
19 November 2012 - by George Frodsham
Genetic mutations in thousands of genes that govern our intelligence are contributing to a 'dumbing down' of humanity, as claimed in a controversial new theory... [Read More]
Mutation in immune response gene linked to Alzheimer's disease
19 November 2012 - by Helen Brooks
A single genetic mutation increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by threefold, say scientists from two independent research groups... [Read More]
Genome sequencing allows doctors to stop spread of superbug
19 November 2012 - by Emma Stoye
Genetic sequencing has been used to track and halt an outbreak of MRSA at an NHS hospital in Cambridge.... [Read More]
Couples exposed to common chemicals take longer to conceive
19 November 2012 - by Holly Rogers
A preliminary study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, suggests that environmental pollutants including industrial chemicals and pesticides may be impairing human fertility, despite being banned more than thirty years ago.... [Read More]
Research shows infertility link to DNA damage in sperm
19 November 2012 - by Joseph Jebelli
Small breaks in the DNA of a man's sperm may contribute to reduced pregnancy rates following IVF, according to research at Queen's University, Belfast.... [Read More]
Absolute risk is low but IVF babies 25 percent more likely to have birth defects
19 November 2012 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Infants conceived by IVF are at significantly greater risk of birth defects compared to naturally conceived babies, announced scientists at a conference last month... [Read More]
Moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy may reduce child's IQ - but only for some women
19 November 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Children's IQ can be affected by moderate drinking during pregnancy, but only for women and children with certain gene variants.... [Read More]
No violation of human rights in Romanian egg storage case, European Court says
19 November 2012 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A Romanian woman has argued, unsuccessfully, that a decision to relocate her stored embryos to another clinic, denying her a choice of a doctor, amounted to a breach of her private and family life with regard to her ability to have a child through IVF using those embryos... [Read More]
Event Review: Have Your Say on Mitochondria Replacement (London)
19 November 2012 - by Sandy Starr
At the beginning of this year, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority was asked to consult the public on proposed new techniques to avoid the transmission of mitochondrial disease. The resulting public consultation is being conducted in several different ways including two public events, the first of which I attended... [Read More]
TV Review: Science Club - Reproduction
19 November 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Have you ever wondered how to extract your own DNA? Or if there's a scientific theory behind what makes the most attractive partner? If so then Dara O'Briain's Science Club is the (only?) programme for you.... [Read More]

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