Monthly Archives: August 2007

5 handy hints from a PhD student

We’ve just received this great account from Michelle of the 3 months she spent with us at the Genomics Policy Unit, as a visiting PhD student from Melbourne, Australia:  Hi, my name is Michelle Bishop and I am currently in … Continue reading

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The lighter side of science

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was slightly grey,It didn’t have a father, just some borrowed DNA. It sort of had a mother, though the ovum was on loan,It was not so much a lambkin, as a little lamby … Continue reading


Cloned food animals

There are reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is likely to allow animal products from cloned animals and their offspring to enter the human food chain.  A decision is expected before the end of the year.  Brazil and China … Continue reading

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New MRSA treatment?

I recently posted about the discovery that MRSA changes its genetic profile as it responds to antibiotics.  The rediscovery of work begun in the late 19th century is leading researchers to consider a new treatment for MRSA, a bacteriophage.  A phage … Continue reading


South African stem cells

For information on the current situation regarding the collection of stem cells from cord tissue in South Africa, visit the University of Pretoria’s Webpage on cord blood banking policy.

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Virgin births

You might remember the furore that arose when South Korean scientist Professor Woo Suk Hwang accepted responsibility for falsified results in a paper published on cloning stem cells.  Subsequent research into the data by independent scientists has shown that his team actually achieved … Continue reading

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Bill debated

The Human Tissues and Embryos Bill is expected to be included in the Queen’s Speech next November.  A core component of the Bill is the merging of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority with the Human Tissue Authority to create … Continue reading

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