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CONTENTS Issue #899
Radio Review: The Secrets Inside Your Cells - Epigenetics, Trauma and Ancestry
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Daily Mail misses the mark on fertility
8 May 2017 - by Professor Adam Balen
Last week the Daily Mail published an undercover investigation into certain aspects of IVF practice in the UK. Whilst this has highlighted some issues, unfortunately the meaning of published statistics has been misinterpreted and certain aspects of the investigation have been given far more weight than is just. Rather than serving the public good, this has the potential to leave vulnerable patients scared and confused. [Read More]
Financial interests and the IVF industry: the Australian case
8 May 2017 - by Dr Jane Williams
Australia's key body for medical research released a new set of ethical guidelines last month on the use of Assisted Reproduction Technologies with a welcome and unusual surprise: a section on conflicts of interest... [Read More]
Canadian crash victim awarded damages to pay for surrogacy
8 May 2017 - by Nina Chohan
A Canadian woman has been awarded $100,000 in damages to pay for a surrogate in a precedent-setting legal case... [Read More]
Liver gene variants give 'sweet tooth'
8 May 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have shown that a genetic variant in a liver protein increases a person's preference for sweet food. [Read More]
Cancer fusion genes targeted with CRISPR
8 May 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard
Aggressive human prostate and liver tumours have been shrunk in mice by targeting a ‘fused’ gene mutation using CRISPR/Cas9... [Read More]
CRISPR genome editing eliminates HIV in mice
8 May 2017 - by Emma Laycock
US scientists have used CRISPR gene-editing to remove HIV DNA from the genomes of living animals, eliminating further infection. [Read More]
Gene may accelerate memory loss in Alzheimer's disease
8 May 2017 - by Lone Hørlyck
A gene mutation may speed up memory loss and general cognitive decline in people who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease... [Read More]
Plan to build synthetic human DNA genome gains momentum
8 May 2017 - by Annabel Slater
Human DNA could be artificially synthesised in around five years or less, according to one of the organisers behind the Genome Project-write plan... [Read More]
HFEA to investigate claims of poor practice in UK fertility sector
8 May 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The UK's fertility regulator, the HFEA, says it will be investigating a series of allegations concerning the fertility industry made by the Daily Mail newspaper last week... [Read More]
Men and women express 6500 genes differently
8 May 2017 - by Dr Helen Robertson
At least 6500 genes are expressed at different levels in male or female body tissues, finds a new study... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Secrets Inside Your Cells - Epigenetics, Trauma and Ancestry
8 May 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner
The Human Genome Project, completed in April 2003, greatly improved our ability to study human health and disease. It also provided a deeper insight into our history and evolution as a species. Yet a recent episode of the 'Science Friction' radio show, presented by Natasha Mitchell on Australia’s ABC Radio, delved further into these fascinating topics through the lens of the new and emerging field of epigenetics. [Read More]

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