Author Archives: Verity Leach

Ethical dilemma raised by egg donation

A mother has had her eggs frozen for future use by her daughter.  Her daughter, who is only 2 years old, has Turner Syndrome, caused by a partial deletion or total deletion of the X chromosome.  The child is therefore … Continue reading

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Genetic link to ADHD

Scientists from Cardiff University, writing in The Lancet, have found evidence of a genetic link to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Stretches of DNA from 366 children who had been diagnosed with the disorder were analysed and compared with DNA from 1,047 … Continue reading

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Genetic mutations linked to childhood autism

A new genetic test for autism in children is now a step closer after the world’s largest study into the disability discovered a number of genetic links to the condition. Researchers found dozens of rogue genes in more than 1,000 … Continue reading

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Breast cancer gene clue discovery

UK researchers have discovered five genetic clues as to why some women have a family history of breast cancer. The five “spots” identified on the human genome are linked to a family history of breast cancer. Another 13 have already … Continue reading

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New human ancestor found through DNA analysis

A new species of ancient human has been found in a cave in southern Siberia. Through DNA analysis on a fossilised finger scientists believed the woman named X-woman lived along side our ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. The … Continue reading

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Gene that keeps women ‘female’

Scientists have located the gene that keeps women ‘female’ and could pave the way for the creation of drugs that will delay the menopause. Scientists reported in the journal Cell that only one gene, FoxL2 prevents adult ovary cells from … Continue reading

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Eating Pomegranates: A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters and Genes

A woman who suffers from M18T BRCA1 mutation has recently published a book on her experiences and those of her female ancestors. Sarah Gabriel’s mother died of ovarian cancer when she was 42 and various other female ancestors have died … 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

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Gene that keeps women ‘female’

Scientists have located the gene that keeps women ‘female’ and could pave the way for the creation of drugs that will keep the menopause on hold. Scientists reported in journal Cell that only one gene, FoxL2 prevents adult ovary cells … Continue reading

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Genetic mutations linked to childhood autism

A new genetic test for autism in children is now a step closer after the world’s largest study into the disability discovered a number of genetic links to the condition. Researchers found dozens of rogue genes have been found in … Continue reading

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