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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 13 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b101

First UK baby free of BRCA1 is born: The first baby in the UK to have preimplantation genetic diagnosis for the BRCA1 mutation, which is linked to breast cancer, has been born. The mother and baby girl are doing well. Women with this mutation have an 80% chance of developing breast cancer and a 60% chance of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

Burma begins polio vaccination of children: Burma, with financial backing from Unicef and the World Health Organization, is to vaccinate more than seven million children against polio. The …

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