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Stem cell trial for eye condition to go ahead

Friday Sep 23 2011

“UK medics lead Europe's first embryonic stem cell trial,” reported BBC News. It said that doctors at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London have been “given the go-ahead” to carry out Europe's first clinical trial using...

New genetic blood pressure links

Tuesday Sep 13 2011

“More than 20 new sections of genetic code have been linked to blood pressure,” BBC News has reported. The broadcaster says that until now there has been poor understanding of the genetic element of high blood pressure...

Glowing cats 'may aid HIV research'

Monday Sep 12 2011

“Glow in the dark cats may be vital in AIDS research,” the Daily Mirror has today reported. Several other newspapers have also featured the fluorescent felines, which scientists have created through genetic modification. In a...

'Gene for chronic pain identified'

Friday Sep 9 2011

A “gene responsible for chronic pain has been identified”, reports the BBC. It said that this could lead to drugs for treating long-lasting back pain. This story is based on research carried out in mice.

Stroke stem cell trial extended

Friday Sep 2 2011

The world’s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat stroke has recorded no adverse effects to date, BBC News has reported. The BBC website reports that research using stem cells to treat strokes “is set to...

Gene therapy treats immune disease

Thursday Aug 25 2011

Today it has been widely reported that gene therapy offers a long-term treatment for a rare condition that causes children’s immune systems to fail. In the rare condition, known as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency...

New genetic clues to MS

Thursday Aug 11 2011

“Scientists have discovered 29 new gene variants that are implicated in multiple sclerosis,” The Guardian has today reported. These genetic variants were identified in an international project reported to...

Schizophrenia genes 'not always from parents'

Monday Aug 8 2011

“Scientists say they have ‘fundamentally transformed’ the understanding of the genetics of schizophrenia,”, BBC News has reported. The news is based on a study looking at “sporadic schizophrenia”...

New gene link to ovarian cancer

Monday Aug 8 2011

A single genetic fault “increases a woman's risk of ovarian cancer six-fold”, The Independent has today reported. The estimate is based on new research looking at the prevalence of...

Artificial mouse sperm from stem cells

Friday Aug 5 2011

“Fertility experts are hailing a mouse study in which working sperm cells were created from embryonic stem cells in mice as ‘hugely exciting’,” reports the BBC. Other news sources have suggested that these results...

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