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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Vaccine that lowers cholesterol in mice offers hope of immunising against cardiovascular disease

A vaccine to immunise people against high levels of cholesterol and the narrowing of the arteries caused by build-up of fatty material (atherosclerosis) may be possible following successful results in mice. Now, a phase I trial in patients has started … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

China’s mass collection of human DNA without informed consent is contrary to the right to privacy

China holds the largest searchable DNA database in the world; genetic information from over 40 million individuals that is ostensibly to be used in the fight against crime. However, the way in which these data are collected and the protection … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 8:46 am
Posted in Genetics

Screening for both genetic diseases and chromosomal defects with a single biopsy improves pregnancy rates

Couples who are undergoing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in order to avoid transmission of inherited diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis, should also have their embryos screened for abnormal numbers of chromosomes at the same time, say … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics