Monthly Archives: July 2006

Muscular dystrophy reversal

One type of muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, might be reversed in some situations.  Scientists have shown in mouse models that faulty DNA production causes myotonic dystrophy, but that the damage can be reversed suppressing the faulty DNA. Muscular dystrophy reversal clue … Continue reading

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Professor of International Nursing visits the GPU

We were very pleased to welcome Susan Turale to the GPU last Friday.  Susan is Professor of International Nursing at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, and also Editor-in-chief of Nursing and Health Sciences.  She is … Continue reading

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IVF for eggs

A clinic in north east England has been granted permission to offer reduced cost IVF cycles to women who allow some of the excess eggs produced to be used for research.  This is the first such licence granted by the Human … Continue reading

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Cystic fibrosis protein

A study in Scotland has found a link between cystic fibrosis, cancer, diabetes and obesity.  Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive condition that affects respiration and digestion mainly. People with cystic fibrosis have a higher rate of cancer than the general … Continue reading

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Class matters

A report in today’s Guardian says that being working class makes people age faster.  This aging is found in cells, which show evidence of shortened lifespans.  Marrying into the lower socio-economic groups can have an even bigger effect than being born into them.  … Continue reading

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The right dose of the right drug for the right patient

If you are a health care professional in the South Wales / Cardiff area you may be interested in an event organised by Wales Gene park: Personalised Medicine It is thought that genetic differences can influence the response of individuals … Continue reading

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US stem cell research approved

After two days of debate, a bill to allow US federal funding for embryonic stem cell research has been passed by the US Senate, however President Bush plans to veto it.   Polls suggest that the majority of the American public are in favour … Continue reading

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Who am I?

Scientists have concluded that a human clone would feel a sense of individuality and would not become a copy of the person cloned.  They based their conclusions on interviews of identical twins, but acknowledged that clones would be born several years later than … Continue reading

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Body clock regulation

New research has shown that previous thinking on body clock regulation within cells might be wrong.  A mutation, known as tau, had been thought to decrease activity of the gene CK1.  However, new research now shows that the tau mutation increases … Continue reading

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Dolly designer disappointed

Professor Ian Wilmut has spoken about his disappointment that animal cloning in the UK has ceased, due to funding cuts.  He argues that the UK was once world leader in this field, but now other countries are developing the technologies commercially. Dolly … Continue reading

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