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CONTENTS Issue #934
Revolutionising reproduction: setting a new moral compass
Drying out
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Revolutionising reproduction: setting a new moral compass
22 January 2018 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand
Is sexual reproduction still compatible with Western values? Can germline genome editing ever be considered as medicine? Can we stick to act only on serious disorders? These were some of the provocative and complex questions which were addressed during the last session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference... [Read More]
Drying out
22 January 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
The PET office is still drying out – the landlord's property surveyor visited this week and declared the ceiling was dry but the walls and floor are still wet. The frustration is not knowing how long it will take to dry and when someone will next come to measure the damp... [Read More]
Friends share closer genetics than strangers
22 January 2018 - by Dr Elizabeth Oliver
We are more likely to share genetic similarities with our friends than with strangers because of our social structure, a new study has found... [Read More]
New Assisted Reproduction Bill in Ireland gathers pace
22 January 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Details of Ireland's proposed Assisted Human Reproduction Bill were revealed in a meeting of the Oireachtas Health Committee... [Read More]
First close-ups show DNA being read in unprecedented detail
22 January 2018 - by Martha Henriques
Scientists have taken the most detailed images yet of an enzyme working its way along a strand of DNA, revealing how it reads the genetic code... [Read More]
Blood test for eight common cancers offers promise
22 January 2018 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Scientists have developed a single blood test to detect eight common cancer types and their location of origin within the body... [Read More]
Screening all women over 30 for BRCA could prevent 64,000 cancers
22 January 2018 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
The blanket screening of all women over 30 for genetic mutations which cause breast and, or ovarian cancer could prevent more cancers and be more cost effective than current approaches, according to a new study... [Read More]
Loops or spirals? 150-year mystery of what happens to DNA in cell division solved
22 January 2018 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
How DNA is accurately split between cells when they divide has finally been solved by researchers... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - The Future of Genomic Medicine
22 January 2018 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Over the last few years we've seen a welcome explosion in the number of scientific podcasts aiming to spread the gospel about new research that may otherwise miss the attention of the mainstream media. With this in mind, I recently sat down to listen to an episode of Naked Genetics, a weekly podcast covering the 'latest genetics news and breakthroughs from the DNA world'... [Read More]
Radio Review: Inside Science - Ancient DNA and Human Evolution
22 January 2018 - by Ewa Zotow
The programme starts with a bold statement: 'No other field of science has experienced such an upheaval in the last few years as human evolution.' There is a reason for it: the recent addition of the DNA research to the toolbox of techniques available to evolutionary scientists has led to remarkable findings... [Read More]

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