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Gender-bending mice; new cancer treatment and 'marigold miracles'

Our daily digest of news headlines from Friday 11 December 2009.

Our daily digest of news headlines from Friday 11 December 2009.

The newspapers are enthralled with the discovery that a single gene may be all that separates men from women. When the gene – provocatively named FOXL2 – is switched off in female mice, their ovaries begin to turn into testes, according to scientists.

There is also coverage of trials of a new treatment for cancer – immunotherapy. The treatment encourages the body to hunt down cancer cells and fight the disease, says the Daily Mai, and could help children suffering from the aggressive cancer neuroblastoma.

Many papers – including The Mirror – cover the recent research that shows the swine flu pandemic is not as deadly as first feared.

The study from Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson predictably comes to the conclusion that in no way is this a cause for complacency and the Government was of course right to vaccinate millions and give out Tamiflu like sweets.

East of England Ambulance Service has launched a review of its transportation of obese patients after a 30 stone man was killed after the stretcher being used to load him into an ambulance tipped over.

In an editorial in The Telegraph, journalist Andrew Gilligan writes that the recent report into the death of Baby P Government inspectors has become part of New Labour's vast machine for manufacturing 'fake success'.

The Times devotes a page looking at how a ‘fizzy drinks tax' might reduce the problem of obesity in children.

The Daily Mail tells of a heart-warming ‘marigold miracle' after a 73-year old man reversed age-related macular degeneration by taking a marigold herbal supplement.

Harry Marsland from Northamptonshire – a former optician no less - told the paper: ‘It's miraculous, considering at one point I was literally blind in the dark.'

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