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Issue No. 2358

US court bans patents on DNA

The US Supreme Court banned companies from patenting human DNA last week.

The ruling overturns three decades of patents. More patients will have access to tests and scientists can carry out more research without being sued.

Claimants get  win in Glasgow

Posters have been removed from doctors’ surgeries in Glasgow following complaints.

The posters told people not to ask for a GP’s letter before being sent to a work capability assessment.

Thousands have died after being found “fit to work”.

Rail firm could be nationalised

The Great Western Rail franchise could be renationalised next year. 

State-owned Directly Operated Railways could take over the line.

Transport giant First Group runs the franchise but wants to avoid paying £800 million it owes to the government.

Britain needs more midwives

Some 1,700 women due to give birth have been turned away from hospital due to staff and bed shortages in the last two years. 

Another 5,000 midwives are needed, according to a Royal College of Midwives report published earlier this year.

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Tue 18 Jun 2013, 17:37 BST
Issue No. 2358
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