Monthly Archives: October 2009

Scientists ‘five years’ from producing artificial sperm and eggs

The Times Online today reports that primitive human sperm and eggs and the germ cells that make them have been created from embryonic stem cells in an experiment that promises new treatments for infertility. The achievement transforms scientists’ ability to … Continue reading


Steep rise in Down’s pregnancies

BBC News today The number of Down’s syndrome pregnancies has risen by more than 70% over the last 20 years, University of London researchers say. The sharp rise reflects the growing number of older women becoming pregnant, when there is … Continue reading


Gene therapy may improve inherited sight disorder

Net Doctor today reports that people with an inherited sight disorder may benefit from gene therapy, US scientists have claimed. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia believe the therapy may be … Continue reading

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High-protein diet ‘may shrink the brain’

Is a high-protein diet good for us? This may shrink the brain (mice) according to Netdoctor news But, this may give us a good reason for eating more fruit, vegetables and fish. A high-protein diet appears to lead to a … Continue reading

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Egg screening ‘ups IVF success’

BBC News A screening technique can double the chance of IVF success, giving hope to tens of thousands of women struggling to have children, say experts. Doctors at an annual US fertility meeting heard for the second year running of … Continue reading

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Some cancer cells may pass from mother to unborn child

Net Doctor News Scientists have discovered that certain cancer cells are able to cross the placenta and pass from a mother to her unborn child. The advance helps to explain a number of cases in which a mother and her … Continue reading

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Royal blood disorder identified

DNA analysis has revealed the identity of the “cursed blood” disorder that afflicted the British Royal Family in the 19th and early 20th centuries (BBC Health news). Scientists say the disease inherited by Queen Victoria’s descendants was probably a severe … Continue reading

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Siblings diagnosed with Nemo disease

An article in the Barry and District news today reports that brothers in Barry, South Wales are the first siblings in the world to both be diagnosed with Nemo disease – a rare immune disease. The disease only affects boys … Continue reading


New treatment raises hope for thalassaemia patients

Netdoctor news: New thalassaemia treatment could cut mortality Thalassaemia is an inherited condition that results in anaemia and requires regular blood transfusions. Scientists at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London have developed a treatment that could reduce the mortality rate … Continue reading

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DNA sequencing in a holey new way

The BBC Health news pages today report that IBM will announce on Tuesday how it intends to hold DNA molecules in tiny holes in silicon in an effort to decode their genetic secrets letter by letter. Their microelectronic approach solves … Continue reading

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