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CONTENTS Issue #816
BioNews Reader Survey: tell us what you think!
Egg freezing - the ultimate freedom?
Book Review: The Story Within - Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity
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BioNews Reader Survey: tell us what you think!
24 August 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
The BioNews editors are keen to understand you and your views of BioNews, and - most importantly - how the publication can be improved... [Read More]
Egg freezing - the ultimate freedom?
24 August 2015 - by Dr Edgar Mocanu
How easy is to tell a 25-year-old that she has no eggs and that she may never have a family using her own oocytes... [Read More]
Genetic switch directs fat cells to burn energy
24 August 2015 - by Dr James Heather
Researchers have discovered the mechanism that links variations in the so-called 'obesity gene' FTO to weight gain... [Read More]
Most complete 'human brain' grown in lab
24 August 2015 - by Dr Julia Hill
For the first time, an almost fully formed human brain has been grown in the lab, according to scientists from Ohio State University... [Read More]
Australian couple denied IVF on child welfare grounds
24 August 2015 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
An Australian couple have been denied access to IVF after a court ruled it would not be in the best interests of the child.... [Read More]
Gene therapy restores sight in mice
24 August 2015 - by Antony Starza-Allen
An experimental form of gene therapy to treat blindness has been showed to restore some vision in mice.... [Read More]
Bipolar disorder linked to high intelligence
24 August 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A high childhood IQ is linked to an increased risk of bipolar disorder in adulthood, according to new research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry... [Read More]
Precision medicine approach effective in lung cancer
24 August 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have shown that a skin cancer drug can be used to treat advanced lung cancer in patients whose tumours harbour a particular mutation... [Read More]
Book Review: The Story Within - Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity
24 August 2015 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Over 30 years ago, those who taught clinical genetics to medical students and other health professionals focussed on the triple difficulty of explaining a genetic disease, its inheritance pattern and its scientific basis. Now, there is a growing literature of personal memoirs, wonderfully exemplified by this splendid monograph... [Read More]

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