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CONTENTS Issue #868 (12 September 2016)
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Shortage of organs for transplantation – is more research on human–animal chimeras the right approach?
12 September 2016 - by Dr Silvia Camporesi and Giulia Cavaliere
By focusing all our attention on the ethics of human–animal hybrids, we may be overlooking non-technical solutions to the short supply of human organs for transplantation... [Read More]
Women freeze eggs to find the right partner
12 September 2016 - by Sophie Perry
A study of women opting to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons has revealed that the most common motivation given was not yet finding the right partner... [Read More]
Study brings sickle-cell gene therapy one step closer
12 September 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A genetically engineered virus that triggers the production of an alternative form of haemoglobin has reversed the symptoms of sickle cell disease in mice... [Read More]
Ten-year egg-freezing limit should be changed
12 September 2016 - by Dr Rachel Brown
Following the increase in 'social' egg freezing, the ten-year time limit on the storage of human eggs should be removed, according to a leading academic at the London School of Economics.... [Read More]
Research towards a developing a synthetic ovary
12 September 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe
Researchers in Belgium have taken the first steps towards producing a transplantable artificial ovary after demonstrating successful follicle survival in mice... [Read More]
FDA warns against ovarian cancer screening tests
12 September 2016 - by Anastassia Bolotkova
The FDA has warned that it does not recommend the use of any currently available ovarian cancer screening tests to detect the disease... [Read More]
CRISPR shrinks tumours in mice
12 September 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Scientists from China have managed to shrink the size of tumours in mice using CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technology... [Read More]
Simple blood test could be 'smoke detector' for throat cancer
12 September 2016 - by Meetal Solanki
A blood test costing only £35 could help in the early diagnosis of oesophageal cancer and could be available in five years' time... [Read More]
Event Review: Gene editing – exploring the Canadian context
12 September 2016 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Professor Bartha Knoppers, Professor Timothy Caulfield, Professor Rosario Isasi, Erika Kleiderman, and Professor Michael Rudnicki
Gene editing, in particular CRISPR/Cas9 technology, is sweeping the scientific world and has been receiving ample attention from policymakers worldwide. Policy statements and academic papers regarding responsible ways of moving forward with gene editing have already been published... [Read More]
Book Review: The Gene – An Intimate History
12 September 2016 - by Sarah Gregory
'The Gene: An Intimate History' is the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Taking a similar approach to his previous work 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer', Mukherjee interweaves his personal history with a comprehensive and extensive review of the history of genetic research... [Read More]

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