Behind the Headlines

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Study offers insight into genetics of schizophrenia

Tuesday Jul 22 2014

Fresh insights into the genetics of schizophrenia

"More than 100 schizophrenia genes have been pinpointed," reports the Daily Mail. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers have gained further insights into the genetics of the condition, which it is hoped could lead to new treatments…

Gene mutation linked to distinct type of autism

Tuesday Jul 8 2014

Gene mutation linked to distinct type of autism

“Have scientists found the autism gene?" asks the Mail Online. The news is based on a genetic study that found children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have a mutation in a gene called CHD8 than children without the disorder…

Lab-grown corneas could prevent blindness

Thursday Jul 3 2014

Lab-grown corneas could prevent blindness

"Scientists use stem cells to regenerate human corneas," BBC News reports. Researchers discovered a way of harvesting limbal stem cells and then transplanting them into mice to create fully functioning corneas…

Frozen testicle tissue produces mice offspring

Wednesday Jul 2 2014

Frozen testicle tissue used to produce live births

"A sample of frozen testicle has been used to produce live offspring in experiments on mice," BBC News reports. The technique could be of use for boys whose fertility is damaged due to treatment for cancers such as leukaemia…

Vitamin D deficiency linked to high blood pressure

Thursday Jun 26 2014

Vitamin D deficiency linked to high blood pressure

"Vitamin D supplements could help high blood pressure," The Independent reports. The paper reports on new research into genetic variations associated with low vitamin D levels and their relationship with blood pressure…

Cannabis use 'genetically linked' to schizophrenia

Wednesday Jun 25 2014

Schizophrenia, cannabis use, 'genetically linked'

“Study finds people predisposed to the condition [schizophrenia’] and drug users share common genes,” the Mail Online reports. A new study suggests that ‘schizophrenia’ genes are associated with cannabis use…

High-factor sunscreen doesn’t cut melanoma risk

Thursday Jun 12 2014

High-factor sunscreen doesn’t cut melanoma risk

“High-factor sun cream cannot…protect against the deadliest form of skin cancer,” The Guardian reports. Research involving mice with a predisposition to develop melanoma found that sunscreen only delayed, rather than prevented, the onset of melanoma…

Making mosquitoes male may manage malaria

Wednesday Jun 11 2014

Making mosquitoes male may manage malaria

"Mosquitoes modified to only give birth to males in bid to wipe out malaria," The Daily Telegraph reports after new research has found an innovative way of tackling the global problem of malaria…

Three-person IVF in 'two years'

Thursday Jun 5 2014

Consultation launched on 'three-parent' IVF

"Scientists will be ready to create babies from three people in around two years, if it is made legal," BBC News reports. The UK fertility regulator, HFEA, has published a review into so-called three-parent IVF, designed to tackle mitochondrial diseases…

Cannabis and sunshine may damage sperm quality

Thursday Jun 5 2014

Cannabis and sunshine may damage sperm quality

''Cannabis doubles younger men's risk of infertility, study finds,'' reports The Independent. The same study also found a drop in sperm quality during the summer months.

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