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Genetic modification of human embryos approved in UK

The recent decision taken by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) regulator to permit genome editing on human embryos is a landmark move, yet has proved contentious in equal measure. The go-ahead was given in order to facilitate research regarding the underlying causes of miscarriages. Dr Kathy Niakan, a stem-cell scientist at the Francis […]

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Genetically modified mosquitoes – the cure for malaria?

Scientists at the University of California, Irvine, have recently devised a method which has the potential to aid significantly in the eradication of malaria. This disease, if not treated immediately after contraction, can have fatal consequences. Simply one mosquito bite is sufficient. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria is responsible for over 400,000 […]

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2°C Rise in global temperature inevitable by 2036

If we needed yet another reminder that global climate change is one of the most pressing issues of modern times, the UN’s recently released report offers us a pertinent example. This report condemns our efforts to slow down current rates of global warming. It strongly criticises global measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions, concluding that […]

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Foreign Office blocks SNP minister’s visit to Gaza

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has come under heavy criticism following its refusal to allow Humza Yousaf, the SNP Minister for external affairs and international development to pay an official visit to the Gaza strip. The decision was made in the wake of a £500,000 donation in July of 2014 to the United Nations […]