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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter


Issue 346 (20 February 2006)

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Genetic testing, insurance and employment
20 February 2006 - by Dr Helen Wallace
Last week, in a Joint Statement of Concern, forty-five organisations and individuals expressed their fears about the lack of safeguards to prevent genetic discrimination. The Statement calls on the Government to legislate against the use of genetic test results in employment and insurance. Many European countries have such laws, however... [Read More]

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More calls to introduce UK genetic discrimination laws
16 February 2006 - by BioNews
Nobel prize winner Sir John Sulston has repeated his call for new UK laws to prevent genetic discrimination. He says that when the current moratorium on the use of genetic tests results by insurers runs out, in November 2011, it should be replaced by legislation. Professor Sulston, who is vice-chair... [Read More]

HFEA considering egg donation for cloning research
17 February 2006 - by BioNews
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology and Authority (HFEA), which regulates fertility treatment and embryo research in the UK, is considering allowing altruistic egg donation for therapeutic cloning research. According to a report in the Times newspaper, the authority may soon approve new rules that will allow women to donate eggs... [Read More]

US study suggests little demand for social sex selection
17 February 2006 - by BioNews
A new study carried out at the University of Illinois in Chicago shows that most people would not choose the sex of their baby, if given the option. The findings, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, are based on an online survey of 1,197 men and women aged between... [Read More]

Fewer multiple births after IVF in Australia and New Zealand
17 February 2006 - by BioNews
A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveals that the number of babies born after fertility treatments such as IVF has almost tripled in the last ten years. An accompanying drop in the numbers of twins and triplets born after assisted conception has lead to... [Read More]

Scientists search for genetic influences on cancer
20 February 2006 - by BioNews
The US National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched a new project to identify genetic factors that influence the risk of prostate and breast cancer. The $14 million 'Cancer Genetic Markers of Susceptibility' (CGEMS) initiative aims to identify common genetic variations associated with the diseases. The scientists will first look at... [Read More]



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