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DNA research project launches in Manchester

A project launched in the North West is aiming to bring hope to people fighting cancer and rare genetic conditions.

Experts at a hospital in Manchester are going to explore the DNA of thousands of people so they can one day isolate faulty genes which cause diseases to be passed through generations.

ITV Granada correspondent Rob Smith spoke to one family living under the shadow of illness.

WATCH: How the latest Starchaser rocket fell to earth

The latest rocket from Hyde-based company Starchaser has suffered a disastrous launch failure.

A four-metre Tempest research rocket took off from a launchpad near Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield.

But the rocket seemed to quickly lose thrust and nose-dived back down to earth after climbing only a few hundred feet.

Tempest was to be testing vital housekeeping electronics to be used aboard Starchaser's planned future manned launches, as well as a GPS experiment on behalf of Manchester University and an air quality monitoring experiment that is a collaboration between the universities of Chester and Leicester.

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Rocket mission fails in Cheshire

A research rocket has failed to launch from a site near the Jodrell Bank telescope in Cheshire.

Engineers say a 'mishap' grounded the four-metre rocket , which was meant to be taking aerial shots of the telescope.

The Starchaser rocket, Tempest Credit: Adam McClean

The launch was carried out by Starchaser industries, the brain child of Steve Bennett from Hyde.

Formed in 1992, the company has designed and built several rocket systems to investigate the feasibility of producing a vehicle for space tourism.

Starchaser engineers inspect the rocket Credit: Adam McClean
Steve Bennett from Starchaser industries Credit: Press Association

Rocket launch at Jodrell Bank

A research rocket is to be launched from the site of the Jodrell bank telescope in Cheshire. The 4m long rocket is called Tempest and will be taking unique aerial shots of the telescope as well as carrying air quality testing equipment.

Steve Bennett from Starchaser industries Credit: PA

The launch is being carried out by Starchaser industries - the brain child of Steve Bennett from Hyde. Formed in 1992, the company has designed and built several rocket systems - all prototypes - to investigate the feasibility of producing a vehicle for space tourism.

Video plea to fund wonder drug for Gracie

The parents of a schoolgirl being treated in Manchester are pleading for the NHS to fund her continued treatment with a drug that's worked wonders in combating the effects of her rare condition.

They're being supported by the seven year old's doctor at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and a few familiar face from Coronation Street.

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