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Britain’s first three-parent babies may be coming soon – thanks to Newcastle University receiving permission to conduct IVF procedures using the DNA of two women. A technique developed by Newcastle University researchers means that doctors can substitute an egg’s defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA transplanted from a female donor. Alternatively,...
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Newcastle University scientists aim to find out if selectively bred corals can help save reefs that have been damaged by climate change. Higher sea temperatures can cause coral bleaching, where they lose the friendly algae that give the corals their colour and supply some of their nutrients. Over time, bleaching...
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Vodafone has said it plans to create nearly 600 jobs at Convergys contact centre in Stephenson’s Quarter in central Newcastle. This is part of a nationwide expansion by Vodafone, in which it intends to create around 2,100 jobs customer service jobs across Britain during the next two years. Convergys, a subcontractor,...
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An electric vehicle parts manufacturer based in Gateshead has announced expansion plans that will create 200 new jobs. Engineering firm Sevcon will be tripling its workforce and moving to new premises in the Team Valley as it profits from rising demand for low-carbon vehicles worldwide. The new, larger premises will...
Alan Shearer in front of posters for The Entertainers 20th Anniversary Game
Newcastle United hero Alan Shearer is to undergo a series of dementia tests as part of an upcoming BBC documentary. In Dementia – Football’s Silent Shame, Mr Shearer will investigate whether years spent heading footballs make ex-soccer professionals more likely to suffer from the condition. It is suspected that brain damage...

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