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Student admits making an explosive after bomb scare

A Russian student has admitted to making an explosive substance after a bomb scare at Newcastle University.

Vladimir Aust has accepted making hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine (HMTD) between September 1 last year and June 11 this year.

The discovery of the volatile substance, sometimes used in the mining industry, outside the university accommodation building caused chaos in the busy city in the summer.

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The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, where he appeared via video link.

A charge of having two lock knives when he was arrested at Bayswater Road in London, when he was believed to be heading for the Russian embassy, was denied and will be dropped.

The investigation was initially led by the Counter Terrorism Unit.

Judge James Goss QC adjorned the case until next month when Aust will be senteced via video link to the prison where he is being held.

Three-parent babies could be born by 2015

The first three-parent babies could be born by 2015 after the government set out new draft regulations which will allow donor DNA from a second mother to be implanted into a defective egg.

A debate is being held in Westminster about the UK becoming the first country in the world to legalise babies with three biological parents. The controversial IVF technique has never been tried before.

Scientists in Newcastle are pushing for the technique to made legal. But critics say it's completely unethical and would be a step too far for the human race.

Helen Ford reports on one woman who lost seven children to genetic illness, and is in favour of the change:

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Clashing opinions over three-parent IVF

A controversial technique that could see babies born to three biological parents is being debated at Westminster.

Scientists at Newcastle University want the IVF treatment to be legalised to prevent rare genetic illnesses. But critics say the procedure would be completely unethical.

Colin Hart at The Christian Institute and Professor Doug Turnbull at Newcastle University voice the arguments against and for the treatment:

Scientists and religious groups clash over three-parent IVF

Scientists and religious groups have clashed over proposals for three-parent IVF, which are being debated in Westminster later today.

"If we're going to allow parents to chose what sort of genes their children have, that's a massive Rubicon and that's such a big Rubicon that in every other country this is not legal."

– Colin Hart, from The Christian Institute

"This research is about providing women who carry a specific sort of genetic disease reproductive choice. We already have ability for some genetic diseases to select on specific embryos."

– Professor Doug Turnbull, from Newcastle University, speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees

Newcastle scientists call for three-parent IVF

Scientists at Newcastle university want the IVF treatment to be legalised to prevent rare genetic illnesses. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Critics say the procedure would be completely unethical. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A controversial technique that could see babies born to three biological parents is being debated at Westminster later.

Scientists at Newcastle university want the IVF treatment to be legalised to prevent rare genetic illnesses. However, critics say the procedure would be completely unethical.

Family tribute to medical student killed in Malaysia

The parents and brother of one of the two Newcastle University medical students stabbed to death in Malaysia have spoken of their grief.

Jan and Phil Dalton said their son Neil, 22, was a "caring, thoughtful and witty" young man who would never think twice about helping others.

Neil Dalton, 22, was working in a hospital in Kuching, Malaysia

We are just a normal family and we cannot believe what has happened.

He achieved so much and made so many friends in such a short time. We are so very proud of him.

Neil was a hard worker and very academic. He kept himself fit and was very sporty; involving himself in many football and cricket teams over the years. Neil enjoyed cycling and running and was always up for a challenge."

– Jan and Phil Dalton

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Two Newcastle University students stabbed to death in Malaysia

Two Newcastle University students have been stabbed to death in Malaysia. The Foreign Office has confirmed that the attacks took place on the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo. The victims are thought to have been medical students. The University says it will release more details later.

New genome study gives "hope for future"

"This is incredibly exciting news and has the potential to make a huge difference to the way we treat patients in the future. Sequencing the genome will give us new insights into the way genetic diseases develop. In Newcastle the focus is on rare diseases and while these illnesses may be uncommon, their symptoms have a huge impact on the people who have them and their families. Unlocking the mechanisms involved gives them hope for the future."

– Sir John Burn, Professor of Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University

Driver "blacked out" before school bus crash

Stanley Travel, the bus company that has admitted liability for a crash involving two school buses in County Durham in June has given ITV Tyne Tees a statement, which claims that their driver was unconscious at the time of the collision.

“We are able to confirm that our insurance company has agreed to accept liability following the accident on 3rd June. We are also able to confirm that the driver of our bus blacked out moments before the incident, and the medical evidence strongly suggest the driver was unconscious at the time of collision.

We hope that a speedy settlement will assist the injured passengers in obtaining any additional help and support they require."

– Andrew Scott, Director, Stanley Travel (North East) Ltd.
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