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CONTENTS Issue #920 (2 October 2017)
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How should we discuss genome editing in public?
2 October 2017 - by Sandy Starr
What do patients and laypeople think and know about genome editing and its implications? What are the best ways for experts and others to discuss genome editing in public, so as to improve public understanding and avoid confusion? The Progress Educational Trust has set out to answer these questions, with its 'Basic Understanding of Genome Editing' project.... [Read More]
The UK courts remain unmoved on commercial surrogacy
2 October 2017 - by Andrew Powell
A recent case is noteworthy not only for clinical negligence lawyers but also those interested in surrogacy and the wider public policy debate in the UK... [Read More]
Genome editing targets beta-thalassemia in human embryos
2 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown
A genome editing technique called 'base editing' has been used to correct the mutation causing the inherited blood disorder beta-thalassemia in human embryos... [Read More]
Gene linked to schizophrenia is key in early brain development
2 October 2017 - by Charlott Repschlager
A gene associated with schizophrenia influences a critical stage of early brain development in mice... [Read More]
Complaint on Irish IVF clinic's 'misleading' advert upheld
2 October 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A complaint about radio and internet advertisements for a major IVF clinic in Ireland has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland... [Read More]
Risk of developing autism is mostly caused by genetics
2 October 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Genetic factors may explain most of the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), suggests a new analysis... [Read More]
Child brain cancer redefined as 10 different diseases
2 October 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Deadly childhood brain tumours are highly diverse and can be divided into 10 different subtypes, according to new research... [Read More]
CRISPR used to uncover new drug targets for cancer
2 October 2017 - by Rachel Reeves
New potential drug targets have been identified for cancers associated with KRAS gene mutations, which are thought to drive around 20-30 percent of all human cancers... [Read More]
Epigenetics of addiction relapse probed using rats
2 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater
Researchers have identified how the likelihood of cocaine addiction relapse is influenced by epigenetic changes in rats... [Read More]
Video review: TED - Editing Our Evolution
2 October 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
The latest CRISPR offering in the TED world comes from Dr Helen O'Neill, a molecular geneticist at University College London, UK. Her talk aimed to 'explore how and why the world and its inhabitants are constantly changing'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 'The Why Factor: Surrogacy' BBC World Service
2 October 2017 - by Melissa Elsworth
Why would a woman choose to carry a baby for another person? Should money be involved? Does surrogacy exploit vulnerable women? And what other ethical issues are involved in the surrogacy process?... [Read More]

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