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Radio Review: Editing Life
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Should we be using CRISPR/Cas9 to experiment on human embryos?
22 February 2016 - by BioNews
This video documents a debate about genome editing, produced by the Progress Educational Trust as part of the Festival of Genomics... [Read More]
Reply to Mertes, Repping and de Wert 'Stating the obvious: discarding embryos does not increase your chance of having a baby'
22 February 2016 - by The signatories of the COGEN Consensus Statement
It is clear from the reply of Mertes et al in BioNews 835 to the COGEN Consensus Statement on preimplanation genetic screening that some controversy still remains regarding the benefits of PGS... [Read More]
More young women with cancer having BRCA testing
22 February 2016 - by Dr Helen Robertson
More than 95 percent of younger women diagnosed with early-onset breast cancer are opting for genetic testing, a study has found... [Read More]
T-cell therapy leads to 'dramatic remission' of blood cancers
22 February 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Trials using genetically engineered immune cells have shown 'extraordinary results' in treating blood cancers in terminally ill patients, say researchers... [Read More]
Neanderthal DNA linked to today's diseases
22 February 2016 - by Isobel Steer
Neanderthal-derived DNA influences our risk of certain diseases, including addiction, blood clots, skin conditions and depression, a recent study has found.... [Read More]
Scientist warns of 'timebomb' of health problems for IVF babies
22 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross
The use of IVF technologies could be storing up future health problems for children born through the technique, according to an evolutionary biologist... [Read More]
Genetic test detects 'all known inherited heart conditions'
22 February 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
A new blood test has been developed that can accurately detect all genes known to cause inherited heart conditions, say scientists... [Read More]
Mini brains 'could transform drug testing'
22 February 2016 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Miniature brains made out of clusters of human cells could revolutionise high-throughput drug screening, said scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington, DC, earlier this month... [Read More]
3D bioprinter builds artificial bone, muscle and cartilage
22 February 2016 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
Researchers in the USA have designed a 3D printer that can build living cells around a biodegradable structure to construct various artificial tissues... [Read More]
HFEA urges vigilance over Zika virus
22 February 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is recommending that people returning from Zika-virus prone areas should not try to conceive naturally, donate eggs or sperm, or proceed with fertility treatment for 28 days... [Read More]
Radio Review: Editing Life
22 February 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard
Professor Matthew Cobb investigates some of the implications of the groundbreaking CRISPR genome-editing technology in this BBC Radio 4 documentary... [Read More]

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