Bird flu strain has begun to mutate into form "more likely" to cause human pandemic

Bird flu strain has begun to mutate into form 'more likely' to cause human pandemic Warning comes days after authorities in China announced they had identified cases of H7N9Flu experts are currently picking through DNA data of victims to assess severity of the strainVirus needs a 'very close eye kept on it' say experts By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013 A deadly strain of bird flu previously unknown in people has begun to mutate into a form more likely to cause a human pandemic, scientists say.

Scientists discover 21 new genes affecting cholesterol, paving the way for targeted drugs

Scientists a step closer to preventing heart attacks as they identify high cholesterol genes Largest-ever genetic study of cholesterol gives insight into those most at risk of heart diseasePaves the way for personalised drugs and treatments | UPDATED: 16:50 GMT, 11 October 2012 Scientists have identified 21 new genes linked to cholesterol levels, further paving the way for dedicated drugs and treatments or heart disease.

Mammograms may boost breast cancer risk in women with faulty gene

Mammograms may boost breast cancer risk in women with faulty gene Radiation from mammograms may be harmful to women with mutation that makes them vulnerable to breast cancer'We believe countries who use mammograms in women under 30 should reconsider their guidelines', say experts | UPDATED: 16:01 GMT, 7 September 2012 Mammograms aimed at finding breast cancer might actually raise the chances of developing it in some young women, a study suggests.

Men have a biological clock, too: Landmark study warns potential dads not to put off fatherhood as they are responsible for majority of faulty genes

Want to delay fatherhood Freeze sperm in your 30s potential dads are told as research reveals older men pass on faulty genes40-year-old father two-and-half times more likely to pass on damaging mutations than 20-year-oldGenes linked to autism and schizophreniaExperts advise ageing men to freeze their sperm | UPDATED: 01:35 GMT, 23 August 2012 The march of time: Researchers have found that older fathers pass down the majority of the faulty genes linked to conditions such as schizophrenia (file picture posed by models) Men delaying fatherhood have been told to consider freezing their sperm after a study showed they also have a rapidly ticking biological clock.

New genetic "map" drawn up that will give better diagnosis for breast cancer patients and more effective treatment

New genetic 'map' drawn up that will give better diagnosis for breast cancer patients and more effective treatment | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 16 May 2012 A genetic 'map' that could help give more accurate diagnoses of breast cancer has been drawn up, showing the varied landscape of the disease in more detail than ever before.

City hospitals "breed and spread MRSA" across the country

Big city hospitals 'breed and spread MRSA across the country' Genetic evidence suggests MRSA is transferred via patients from city hospitals to smaller regional hospitals | UPDATED: 08:45 GMT, 15 May 2012 Hospitals in large cities act as breeding grounds for the superbug MRSA before it spreads out across the country, a study has revealed.

Is autism in children down to mutation in sperm and eggs from older fathers?

Is autism in children down to mutation in sperm that's more common in older fathers | UPDATED: 08:04 GMT, 5 April 2012 Autism: Children with the behavioural disorder find it more difficult to communicate with others (posed by model) Many cases of autism are caused by faulty sperm and eggs, with older men more likely to father a child with the condition, researchers believe.