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North East study gives new hope to liver patients

Newcastle University is leading the world's largest study into liver disease.

The four year programme is being funded by 6 million euros (£4.3m) from the European Commission. It will focus on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is caused by a build-up of fat in the liver cells.

There is currently no medical treatment for the life threatening illness. It affects nearly a quarter of the European population. Those with type 2 diabetes or overweight at most at risk.

This is Dr Quentin Anstee, the project co-ordinator:

'They are desperately missed still': Newcastle University lead tributes to students killed in Borneo

Tributes have been paid to the two Newcastle University medical students who were murdered in Borneo last year.

Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were stabbed to death in a bar in Kuching in the state of Sarawak.

Neil Dalton (left) and Aidan Brunger (right).

Aidan and Neil's families have welcomed the verdict and Newcastle University Professor Jane Calvert has led tributes to the young men:

Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, has been sentenced to death by a Malaysian court after being convicted of killing the students.


Newcastle University pioneers DNA profiling treatment

The medical technique has been pioneered by scientists at Newcastle University. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A new medical technique which uses a patient's DNA to diagnose rare conditions has been used for the first time in the UK.

The technique has been developed at Newcastle University and uses an individual's genetic blueprint to enable doctors to personalise medical care.

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will meet with medical experts at Newcastle's Centre for Life where the research was carried out.

Woman who lost seven children "overwhelmed" after MPs vote in favour of 'three parent' babies

A woman who lost seven children to a rare genetic disease says that she is "overwhelmed" after MPs voted in favour of 'three-parent' babies.

Sharon Bernardi has been campaigning for the vote for five years and she says her children's deaths would have been prevented through the controversial IVF technique.

However, there are concerns that the research behind the technique is unknown and could interfere with the genetic code. Andrea Williams from Christian Concern claims the method is "premature".

Britain has become the first country to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three different people after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of new legislation.

It involves making a baby with three biologocal parents - with the aim of eliminating particular life-threatening diseases.

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