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CONTENTS Issue #842
Growing sperm in the lab: an embryonic science
Book Review: Our Journey - One Couple's Guide to US Surrogacy
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Growing sperm in the lab: an embryonic science
7 March 2016 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
A recent announcement that scientists had created functioning spermatozoids from mouse embryonic stem cells in the lab made quite a splash in the media. However, one key point seemed to be overlooked... [Read More]
CRISPR-like immune system found in giant virus
7 March 2016 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have found that mimiviruses, a class of giant viruses, have an immune system reminiscent of the CRISPR system used by bacteria to evade infection... [Read More]
Stem cell changes link high-fat diet to colon cancer
7 March 2016 - by Paul Waldron
A study in mice has shown that a diet high in fat can stimulate the production of stem cells in the intestine, which might then go on to form tumours... [Read More]
First genetic link to grey hair found
7 March 2016 - by Dr Helen Robertson
Research has identified a genetic variant involved in causing grey hair during the ageing process... [Read More]
Pancreatic cancer is 'four different diseases'
7 March 2016 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
A collaboration between scientists from around the world has identified four subtypes of pancreatic cancer... [Read More]
Y chromosomes of gorillas could answer questions about male infertility
7 March 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe
A new DNA-sequencing method has been developed, which has been used to determine the sequence of the gorilla Y chromosome... [Read More]
Cancer genetics discovery could revolutionise treatment
7 March 2016 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Scientists have identified a method by which all the cells in a tumour could potentially be recognised and eradicated by the patient's own immune system... [Read More]
Ancient viruses buried in our genomes help to fight off new ones
7 March 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Ancient viral DNA could be helping our immune system fight off infections from modern viruses and other pathogens... [Read More]
Scotland joins the 100,000 Genomes Project
7 March 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Genome sequencing in Scotland has received a major cash boost, following a £6 million investment into the Scottish Genomes Partnership (SGP), which will begin working with Genomics England on the 100,000 Genomes Project... [Read More]
Book Review: Our Journey - One Couple's Guide to US Surrogacy
29 February 2016 - by Dr Ëlo Luik
'Our Journey' is an honest and exhilarating account of one couple's experience with US surrogacy, as well as a practical guide for those considering following in their footsteps... [Read More]

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