Sharon Osborne double mastectomy: A background on preventative surgery

Preventative surgery for women at risk of breast cancer has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years – with experts saying it could cut the risk by up to 90 per cent.

The Myriad Genetics HQ in Salt Lake City

Genetic profiteering: scandal of firm 'hiding vital breast cancer data'

Company 'decided to withhold its trade secrets'

DNA data should be in public domain

We were part of an international effort to find the breast cancer genes in the 1990s when Myriad saw what we'd done, raised the extra £40m needed to name the gene, and beat us there.

Peter Rippon, editor of Newsnight

If you ask me...the Newsnight editor was right, what woman doesn’t love having her reputation ruined?

Whoa, ladies! Before you get all indignant about the Peter Rippon's dismissal of the testimony of women, lets consider the issues...

Breakthrough: Scientists produce early-stage embryos by transferring genes between unfertilised human eggs, in bid to eliminate inherited mitochondrial diseases

Scientists have for the first time transferred genes between unfertilised human eggs to produce early-stage embryos in an attempt to prove that it will be safe to go ahead with a radical new technique to rid families of certain inherited diseases.

An Addis Ababa lion

DNA confirms Ethiopian lions are genetically distinct group

A pride of captive lions descended from the private menagerie of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is genetically distinct from all other lions of Africa, a study has found.

Sir John Gurdon will use his prize money to fund PhD students

Steve Connor: Gurdon deserves his prize but UK can hope for more

There can be no doubt that Sir John Gurdon deserves the greatest accolade in science. As a graduate student in Oxford in the late 1950s he showed that every cell of the body carries all the necessary genes for making an entire individual.

Boy discovers 30,000-year-old mammoth

An 11 year-old Russian boy made one of the discoveries of the century when he stumbled across the remains of a 30,000-year-old woolly mammoth, the New Scientist reports.

Scientists have created viable egg cells from skin tissue taken from laboratory mice and have fertilised them in IVF experiments to produce normal, healthy offspring

Artificial egg cells used to produce offspring

Experiments using stem-cell technology hailed as 'incredible' fertility breakthrough

Kill or cure? Why keeping pace with science and technology may be the death of the NHS

Breakthroughs can save lives – but they can also stretch the service past breaking point. Jeremy Laurance on the debate that divides doctors
A genetically modified cow that produces milk for allergic children

Scientists create GM cow to cut milk allergies in children

Calf was cloned with extra genetic material that 'switches off' the protein allergen

Rape accused Adam Scott was victim of forensics error, regulator finds

Man spent months on remand after technician failed to follow basic laboratory procedures

Male DNA found in women's brains

Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, a study has found.

Alan Bissett: The Red Hourglass, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Here's a Spider-Man reboot with a difference. Over the course of a hypnotic hour, Scottish Writer of the Year Alan Bissett weaves together a series of compelling, odd little monologues, performed in character as various species of spider.

The World Anti-doping Agency is concerned that gene therapy could be used to modify human tissues

Meet the cheat gene

The London Olympics may turn out to be one of the cleanest in history in terms of banned substances – but behind the scenes, scientists fear the next big challenge to fair play in sport: gene doping.

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