Science news: Jul 2013

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Scientists transplant photoreceptors from retina grown ‘in a dish’

UCL scientists have carried out the first successful transplant of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells extracted from a synthetic retina.
21 July 2013

Knockout mouse resource reveals genes and pathways linked to human disease

The Mouse Genetics Project is a new resource that will reveal which genes are important for a wide range of biological functions such as fertility and hearing.
19 July 2013

Researchers reveal how 'obesity gene' triggers weight gain

A new study shows why people with a variation of the FTO gene (known as the ‘obesity gene’) are 70 per cent more likely to become obese.
16 July 2013

DNA flaws may contribute to cancer risk in people with type 2 diabetes

A type of genetic abnormality linked to cancer is more common in people with type 2 diabetes than the rest of the population.
14 July 2013

Ethnic differences in immune response to TB bacterium

Scientists have discovered that there are ethnic differences in the immune response to the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB).
04 July 2013