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CONTENTS Issue #848
Book Review: Herding Hemingway's Cats
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The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment: A Sting in the Tale?
25 April 2016 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
This event, organised by the Progress Educational Trust, generated a lively debate about what – if anything – children should be taught at school about infertility... [Read More]
How to avoid selling out - public attitudes to commercial access to health data
25 April 2016 - by Dr Barbara Prainsack
A recent Wellcome Trust report says the public are worried about the 'one-way mirror', which allows companies full access to health data while the public know little about what they are doing with it and whom they're sharing it with... [Read More]
CRISPR upgrade promises single-letter gene editing
25 April 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Scientists have fine tuned the genome-editing tool CRISPR so that it can now edit a single 'letter' of DNA... [Read More]
Mitochondrial mutations could hamper stem cell therapies
25 April 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill
A study has found that stem cells from older people accumulate high numbers of mitochondrial DNA mutations, which could limit their therapeutic value... [Read More]
Genes influence when people lose their virginity
25 April 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
Genetic factors relating to physical maturation and personality may influence the age at which people first have sex, a study has found... [Read More]
AstraZeneca to launch its own 'two million genomes' project
25 April 2016 - by Rachel Siden
AstraZeneca has signed deals with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and two other institutions to launch one of the largest genome-sequencing efforts yet undertaken... [Read More]
BRCA1 mutation linked to reduced egg reserves
25 April 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe
Women with a mutation in the breast-cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 may have reduced numbers of eggs left in their ovaries, according to a study led by Australian scientists... [Read More]
The final frontier - mouse embryos grown in space
25 April 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
Chinese scientists have successfully grown mouse embryos in space, the first reported development of mammalian embryos in space history... [Read More]
No duty to inform non-patients of genetic test results
25 April 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A UK court has struck out a claim brought against a hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder when testing the claimants' second cousin three years previously... [Read More]
UK court allows post-mortem DNA testing to establish paternity
25 April 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A UK court has allowed the DNA of a deceased man to be tested for the purposes of establishing paternity and to also confirm family medical history... [Read More]
Lord John Walton, scientist and Parliamentarian, dies aged 93
25 April 2016 - by Sandy Starr
John Walton was a pioneer in myology, the field of clinical muscle research, and a key figure in Parliamentary debates about mitochondrial donation... [Read More]
Book Review: Herding Hemingway's Cats
25 April 2016 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar
Dr Kat Arney guides us through the weird and wonderful and convoluted mess that is genetics, but manages to make the complicated concepts accessible... [Read More]

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