Altering DNA to produce a genetically-modified human could begin in 2014

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In vitro fertilization (IVF)—involving DNA from three parents—could become legal in the UK by July.

The prospect of altering DNA to produce a genetically-modified human could move from science fiction to science reality by the middle of 2014.  The UK parliament is likely to vote on whether a new form of in vitro fertilization (IVF)—involving DNA from three parents—becomes legally available to couples by July. If it passes, the law would be the first to allow pre-birth human-DNA modification, and another door to the future will open.

 

 

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Older Dad’s linked to kids’ risk for genetic ailments

Father’s age is linked to increased genetic risk.

Solid evidence has been found by scientists that older men have more random mutations in their sperm cells. They’re warning that can cause autism, schizophrenia and a long list of other genetic diseases in their offspring.

 

 

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Controversial $615 Test That Tells You How Long You Will Live

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The results of the tests might also be of interest to companies offering life-insurance policies or medical coverage.

A controversial blood test that can show how fast someone is aging – and offers the tantalizing possibility of estimating how long they have left to live – is to go on sale to the general public in Britain later this year.

 

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Are Men On The Road To Extinction?

Are Men On The Road To Extinction?

Men set for ‘extinction’ 

Men are on the road to extinction as their genes shrink and slowly fade away, a world-renowned British scientist has said. Professor Jennifer Graves, a leading human sex chromosomes researcher with the Australian National University, Canberra, said the male Y chromosome needed to be a male was on the path to extinction and could run out within the next five million years.

Speaking at a lecture entitled ‘The Decline and Fall of the Y Chromosome and the Future of Men’, Prof Graves discussed the disappearance of the Y chromosome and the implications for humans.

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Best Invention Of The Year 2008 From Time: DNA Test “23andMe”

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Award Winning DNA Test Called 23 and ME

Time Magazine has announced the 50 best inventions of 2008 and at its top is a DNA test called 23andMe. It’s not as well-known as the iPhone, Time’s best invention of 2007, but if 23andMe catches on, it will change how much we know about ourselves, our families, and possibly, about others.

Created by Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey, 23andMe is a mail order, self-administered DNA test! For $399, you receive a 23andMe kit containing a funnel and cap. You spit into the funnel, cap it, and return it to 23andMe’s special laboratory for analysis. In four to six weeks, you will receive an email from the company, letting you know how to find your results online.

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