In a first, human gene edited to stop disease

Science is going through a golden age in editing DNA, thanks to a new technology called Crispr; named breakthrough of the year in just 2015. By using this technique, it's possible to reduce the burden of this heritable disease on the family and eventually the human race. However, this is not about to become routine practice. There is a question on its safety, and that can be answered only by far more extensive research

In a first, human gene edited to stop diseaseScientists have, for the first time, successfully freed embryos of a piece of faulty DNA that causes deadly heart disease to run in families. It potentially opens the door to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations. The US and South Korean team allowed the embryos to develop for five days before stopping […]

Medical miracle: Brain-dead woman kept alive for 123 days to give birth to her children

Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha died during pregnancy from a stroke. Doctors saved her nine-week-old embryos after their hearts continued to beat. Hospital staff sung and talked to her bump to replicate a mother's love. Doctors said the babies had no hope of surviving after their mother's death. They were born as healthy premature babies

Medical miracle: Brain-dead woman kept alive for 123 days to give birth to her childrenA brain dead pregnant woman was kept alive for 123 days – the longest time ever – before delivering twins by emergency caesarean section. Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, from Campo Largo in south Brazil, died during pregnancy in October last year after suffering a stroke. Doctors decided to save the nine-week-old embryos after […]

Scientists create world’s first artificial embryos from mice

The team used two types of stem cells and a 3D scaffold to create a structure closely resembling a natural mouse embryo. The researchers hope their work will help improve fertility treatments

Scientists create world’s first artificial embryos from miceScientists have created “artificial embryos” using stem cells from mice, in what they believe is a world first. The University of Cambridge team used two types of stem cells and a 3D scaffold to create a structure closely resembling a natural mouse embryo. Previous attempts have had limited success because early embryo development requires the […]