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CONTENTS Issue #929
Autism, genetics and epigenetics: why the lived experience matters in research
Theatre Review: Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre
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Autism, genetics and epigenetics: why the lived experience matters in research
4 December 2017 - by Dr Kristien Hens and Dr Leni Van Goidsenhoven
Popular scientific publications regularly have articles with headlines suggesting that 'autism is hereditary' or that the 'risk for developing autism' is mostly caused by genetics... [Read More]
Synthetic DNA used to make proteins in living cells
4 December 2017 - by Dr James Heather
Two extra letters have been added to the genetic code in bacteria, bringing the number of 'letters' up to six... [Read More]
UK Parliament considers law change on single-parent surrogacy
4 December 2017 - by Jen Willows
A remedial order has been laid before Parliament which, if passed, will give single people the same rights as couples to become the legal parents of their surrogate-born children... [Read More]
Study gives piercing insight into earlobe genetics
4 December 2017 - by Martha Henriques
A total of 49 genes have been found to influence earlobe shape and attachment, new research has found... [Read More]
Snuggled babies show lasting changes to their DNA
4 December 2017 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Close, physical contact – or the lack of it - at an early age may lead to lasting changes to the genes, suggest researchers... [Read More]
FDA okays test for many cancer-causing genes
4 December 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a test which can detect cancer-causing mutations in 324 genes... [Read More]
Gene that protects against Alzheimer's disease found
4 December 2017 - by Ewa Zotow
Researchers have discovered a gene which may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre
4 December 2017 - by Jen Willows
Of Kith and Kin is a play about surrogacy that seems to have very little to say about surrogacy... [Read More]

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