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Could gene therapy cure haemophilia?

Monday Dec 12 2011

Could gene therapy cure haemophilia?

An experimental gene treatment means that people with haemophilia B may no longer need medication, BBC News has reported. The news is based on a study that looked at using gene therapy to treat haemophilia B, a genetic...

Bone marrow cancer gene clues found

Tuesday Nov 29 2011

Bone marrow cancer gene clues found

A gene defect increases the risk of a type of bone marrow cancer by 30%, the Daily Mail reported. The news is based on an examination of people with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare type of cancer that starts...

Rare syndrome 'may give autism clues'

Monday Nov 28 2011

Rare syndrome 'may give autism clues'

“A rare syndrome linked to autism could help explain the origins of the condition,” BBC News reported. The broadcaster said that in the search for clues about autism, scientists have examined a rare condition called Timothy syndrome...

Project on cancer genetics launched

Monday Nov 21 2011

Project on cancer genetics launched

A new initiative to develop ‘personalised cancer treatment’ has today been launched. The experimental project has been designed to develop a screening program to test tumours for key genetic changes...

Hope and hype: stem cells in the media

Friday Nov 18 2011

Hope and hype: stem cells in the media

Stem cells are often portrayed in the media as a miracle cure for many serious conditions and disabilities. Hugely positive headlines have led significant and understandable public interest in this fascinating cutting-edge science...

Stem cells may aid heart repair

Tuesday Nov 15 2011

Stem cells may aid heart repair

The Daily Telegraph reported that it may be possible for patients to use their own stem cells to repair the damage caused by heart attacks. The newspaper said that heart repair with stem cells could be the “biggest breakthrough in...

Parkinson's stem cell boost

Tuesday Nov 8 2011

Parkinson's stem cell boost

New stem cell research may point to ways to replace the brain cells that die off in Parkinson’s disease, The Guardian has today reported. In the research, scientists were able to use human stem cells to create...

New pill to halt ageing, papers claim

Wednesday Nov 2 2011

New pill to halt ageing, papers claim

Scientists may have “found a cure for ageing”, the Daily Mirror reported. According to the newspaper, the answer could lie in a “forever young” drug that will allow us to grow old gracefully. However, this...

New kidney blood pressure clues

Tuesday Nov 1 2011

New kidney blood pressure clues

Scientists have discovered a “cure for killer blood pressure”, the Daily Express claimed today. In its dramatic front-page story, the newspaper reported that a breakthrough which identified the cause of high blood pressure “could save...

Aspirin 'blocks genetic bowel cancer'

Friday Oct 28 2011

Aspirin 'blocks genetic bowel cancer'

Aspirin cuts the risk of bowel cancer in people with inherited susceptibility to the disease, The Guardian has today reported. The newspaper said that a study of long-term aspirin use found it cut the risk of...

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