Behind the Headlines

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Embryos with defective cells 'can still develop healthily'

Wednesday Mar 30 2016

"Abnormal cells not a sure sign of baby defects," reports The Telegraph following the publication of a study on the development of healthy embryos...

Study suggests gene may turn 'good' cholesterol into 'bad'

Monday Mar 14 2016

"Some people with high levels of supposedly 'good' cholesterol are at much greater risk of heart disease," BBC News reports. Researchers have identified a genetic variant – P376L – that may cause some people to have…

Stem cells used to repair children's eyes after cataracts

Thursday Mar 10 2016

"Children with cataracts regain sight after radical stem cell treatment," The Guardian reports. The new operation, carried out on 12 children under two years old in China, was to treat childhood cataracts…

Have scientists really discovered why skin ages?

Monday Feb 29 2016

"Powerful anti-ageing treatments which banish wrinkles for good are a step closer after scientists found the enzyme responsible for youthful skin," says the Daily Telegraph. Researchers from Newcastle University...

Researchers discover pancreatic cancer is 'four different diseases'

Thursday Feb 25 2016

"Major insight into killer pancreatic cancer," BBC News reports after research into pancreatic cancer identified four distinct subtypes. This discovery may lead to new treatments for this notoriously hard-to-treat condition…

New blood test can detect a range of inherited heart conditions

Friday Feb 19 2016

"A new blood test could help diagnose people with inherited heart conditions," BBC News reports. Inherited heart conditions affect around 1% of the population, and can disrupt the normal functioning of the heart – sometimes with fatal results…

Hope that blood test 'could diagnose five types of cancer'

Monday Feb 8 2016

"A new blood test that detects five different forms of cancer is one step closer to becoming a reality and could save millions of lives around the world," the Mail Online reports. The test looks for abnormal changes…

UK regulators give go-ahead for 'embryo editing'

Tuesday Feb 2 2016

"UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos," BBC News reports. The UK body that regulates research into embryos…

New genetic risk factor for ovarian cancer identified

Thursday Jan 21 2016

"A faulty gene has been identified that increases the risk of ovarian cancer more than threefold," The Independent reports. The genetic mutation, found in the BRIP1 gene, adds to the known genetic warning signs for ovarian cancer…

'Remixed' skin cells could lead to new diabetes treatments

Thursday Jan 7 2016

"End of injections in sight for diabetics after new discovery," says The Daily Telegraph. If you think you've read a similar headline before, you may be right – replacing insulin injections for type 1 diabetes has been a goal for many years...

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