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How mitochondrial donation involved in three parent babies works

The debate for allowing IVF babies to be born with DNA from three different people is entering a critical stage<p>MPs will tomorrow decide whether mitochondrial donation allowing IVF babies to be born with DNA from three different people should be made legal.<p>The technique involves replacing DNA in an …

Sally Davies: Why I back 'three-parent babies' law

The Chief Medical Officer for England has thrown her weight behind controversial proposals to reshape IVF laws which critics claim will result in 'three-parent babies'<p>Tomorrow marks an historic day for the future of modern medicine as Parliament will debate whether or not the UK should become the …

Three-parent babies could be at greater risk of cancer, warn scientists

MPs are to vote on whether to allow three parent babies, but scientists across the world have warned it would be an 'historic mistake'<p>Three-parent babies could be at greater risk of cancer and premature ageing, and would need to be monitored all their lives, experts have said as they warn the UK it …

How the three-parent baby technique could wipe out mitochondrial disease in families

What is mitochondrial disease and how could the three-parent baby technique rid families of the disease?<p>Parliament will today debate the <b>three-parent baby</b> technique that could wipe out mitochondrial disease in families.<p>Scientists have suggested that the <b>controversial procedure</b>could put an end to …

Why We Judge Algorithmic Mistakes More Harshly Than Human Mistakes

In many areas, algorithms make fewer mistakes than humans. But new research suggests that we distrust algorithms when they make mistakes, in ways we do not distrust humans who make mistakes.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>This feels like a time - doesn't it? - when we might want to consider how much …

Machine Learning

Three-parent babies: We need to take a leap of faith

Mitochondrial donations, if they work, will be something of a miracle. If only religious figures could open their mind and see it that way, too, says Bryony Gordon.<p>This is a column about a little girl called Lily Merritt, who suffered a seizure when she was just seven weeks old. It was the autumn …

Pregnancy

Three-parent babies: an ethical boundary is being crossed

The new techniques may prevent babies being born with mitochondrial disease but they will not cure those who have been born already<p>Scientists, naturally, like to make advances in science and the fact of mitochondrial disease being passed on by parents to their children is clearly one which science …

Three-parent babies: the arguments for and against

The issue of three-parent babies has divided the scientific community and thrown up a host of ethical concerns. Here are the arguments for and against the new procedure, which proposes to mend faulty DNA with genetic material from a ‘second mother’<p>Mitochondrial DNA transfer, which was developed by …

Genetics

Some news outlets are claiming that scientists have discovered that touchscreen devices are bad for child development. What does the journal article actually say?<p>It’s been a bad week for neuroscience in the news. Last Wednesday, we were told that it’s neuroscientific fact – FACT - that watching a …

Tablets

Photograph: AFP/Getty Images<p>The procedure replaces a small amount of faulty DNA in a mother’s egg with healthy DNA from a second woman.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/2/1422890624507/12171321-125b-4dea-b64f-709ca1e2bd9f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AFP/Getty …

Genetics

Lord Winston urges MPs to vote in favour of three-parent babies in a free vote in the Commons on Tuesday. It means Britain could become the first country in the world to permit the creation of IVF babies with DNA from three different people. The technique is aimed at preventing babies being born …

IVF

Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian<p>Rachel Kean outside the Houses of Parliament today ahead of the debate. Kean has a family history of mitochondrial …

Genetics

Our story: 'Why three-parent babies would give our family hope'

Vicky Holliday and Keith Newell, whose daughter Jessica was born with Leigh Syndrome due to faulty mitochondria, say allowing three-parent babies would enable them, and other families, to think about having more children<p>The parents of a baby girl with mitochondrial disease have described the …

In The Future, You Can Control Your Tesla From Your Watch

Starting at just $50,349<p>If you're a Tesla Model S owner, you're already part of a technologically elite crowd, so it's hardly out of the question that you might be in the market for an Apple Watch when the wearable device ships this April. But you might be further enticed by an app that promises to …

Another report has wrongly suggested that children’s brains are at risk from smartphones and tablets. There is, however, plenty of evidence for the opposite; smartphones and tablets are at risk from children<p>It’s been said repeatedly that tablets and smartphones are “bad” for children’s brains. This …

Parenting

Discovering your inner GPS

The ability of birds to navigate their way back to their nests, often more than thousands of miles each year, is fascinating. Arctic terns, which have the longest migration distance known, travel from their Arctic breeding grounds to overwinter on the Antarctic coast: an annual roundtrip of over …

Magnetism

What Was Northrop Grumman's Super Bowl Ad Selling?

Probably a bomber (and a power fantasy)<p>The Super Bowl is known almost as much for the advertising spectacle it creates as it is for the game itself. Amidst the usual ads for products like cars, beer, and life insurance for children, there was one spot featuring a mysterious flying wing, hidden …

5 Ground Animals That Are Cooler Than Groundhogs

It's Groundhog Day! Why is this a holiday? (And why isn’t it called Whistle-Pig Day instead?) We celebrate groundhogs in February in part because these squirrel relatives are still in deep hibernation at this point, living off their copious fat reserves until it’s warm again. Their stirrings remind …

Bed Bugs May Be Splitting Into New Species

The bed bug may seem like a recent trend. Even if you haven’t personally suffered an infestation, media coverage of the insect’s comeback has been hard to miss.<p>However, the bed bug is an ancient pest, and our lives have intertwined for millennia. In the late 1990s, for example, archaeologists found …

Fast running is as deadly as sitting on couch, scientists find

Running a few times a week at a moderate pace is the best way to improve health, say scientists, as they warn against overdoing it<p>Too much exercise really can kill you, scientists have discovered, after finding runners who speed along at 7mph or more are doing themselves more harm than good.<p>A study …

Biomedicine

The first silicene transistors promise more powerful electronics

Image copyright Nature.If electronics stalwart silicon and futuristic graphene had a child, it would be silicene. And silicene is growing up. A …

You can now rip books to your Kindle, but you won't want to

One of iTunes' earliest slogans was "Rip, Mix, Burn," encouraging us to digitize our CD collections and recording custom playlists that were about as third as romantic as a mixtape. At some point, you've probably wished that you could do the same for your book collection, probably because you …

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Microsoft Launches Another Free Android Lock Screen App

Things are busy at Microsoft Garage, where the company’s employees share experimental projects they’ve been working on. The most recent release is Picturesque Lock Screen, a free Android app that adds useful functions, handy shortcuts and beautiful images to your lock screen.<p>Picturesque Lock Screen …