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CONTENTS Issue #918
Book Review: How to Code a Human
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Tough times should not affect access to fertility treatments in Northern Ireland
18 September 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers
In 1948, UK health secretary Aneurin Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service with the aim of providing healthcare access to all, irrespective of a patient's financial situation. The NHS has since become the world's largest publicly funded health service... [Read More]
What does consent mean for Generation Genome?
18 September 2017 - by Professor Becki Bennett
A public event held on 11 September 2017, Manchester by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
Gay couple denied surrogacy challenges Utah law
18 September 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard
A married gay male couple in Utah is challenging the state's law that says couples need to prove that a woman is unable to have children before turning to surrogacy... [Read More]
Asthma link to increased need for fertility treatment
18 September 2017 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Women with asthma are more likely to undergo fertility treatment than those without the disease, suggests new research... [Read More]
Australian court mulls woman's bid to use dead boyfriend's sperm
18 September 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
An Australian court is considering whether a woman can use her dead partner's sperm to have a baby... [Read More]
Environmental chemicals affect sperm epigenetics
18 September 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A type of chemical found in various personal beauty products and plastics may affect sperm and lower reproductive success, according to a new study... [Read More]
Cancer mutations explored using organoids and CRISPR
18 September 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Organoids and CRISPR/Cas9 have been combined in a novel method to study genetic mutations occurring in cancer... [Read More]
Brain has 'genetic calendar' for ageing
18 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater
A 'genetic lifespan calendar' of lifelong gene expression changes has been discovered in human and mouse brains... [Read More]
Book Review: How to Code a Human
18 September 2017 - by Mikey Lebrett
Genomics may herald a bright future - for those who understand it. But what about those who do not? Dr Kat Arney's new book 'How to Code a Human' is a beautiful example of how complicated genetic topics can be simplified and clarified to make them understandable and enjoyable for the least-scientific of readers.... [Read More]

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