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Genetic condition

A condition or illness caused by changes in a gene or genes, affecting the way the body looks, develops or works.

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Mutations identified for severe developmental disease found among Moroccan Jews

17 March 2014 - by Rachel Brown

Researchers have pinpointed two genetic mutations behind a severe developmental disease seen in children of Moroccan Jewish descent... [Read More]

23andMe faces lawsuit, stops offering health analysis

09 December 2013 - by Ruth Saunders

Genetic testing company 23andMe, which last week suspended the sale of its health-related genetic tests, is now facing a class action lawsuit in California over its marketing claims.... [Read More]

Why rare disease research isn't just about rare diseases

18 November 2013 - by Oliver Timmis

The idea of a rare disease informing wider knowledge about fundamentals of biology is now well established. We have shown it in alkaptonuria research, as alkaptonuria (which affects around 80 people in the UK) is an extreme form of osteoarthritis (which affects more than eight million)... [Read More]

Maternal blood test for Down's syndrome to be trialled in UK

04 November 2013 - by MarĂ­a Victoria Rivas Llanos

A new method for prenatal testing for Down's syndrome will be tried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), London.... [Read More]

Rare Disease Genomes Project to sequence 10,000 whole genomes

28 October 2013 - by Dr Lucy Freem

A three-year joint project to sequence the genomes of 10,000 rare disease patients has been announced by the University of Cambridge, Genomics England and Illumina... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement IVF: discussions begin in USA

21 October 2013 - by Ruth Saunders

The health regulator in the USA is considering whether clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement techniques should go ahead.... [Read More]

Event review: Genetic Testing in Assisted Reproduction - Selecting, Not Perfecting?

14 October 2013 - by James Heather

We had almost made it through the speakers when it happened, just before the break. It was the last speaker who did it. It was Dr Joyce Harper who said what I'd been waiting for, and dropped the Gattaca bomb... [Read More]

Trial for rare 'black bone disease' wins funding

07 October 2013 - by Shanya Sivakumaran

The Alkaptonuria Society, a UK charity and patient organisation for the rare disease of the same name, has won a £5million grant from the European Commission to help finance clinical trials of a treatment for the condition... [Read More]

Drisapersen trial results are not the end for exon skipping

07 October 2013 - by Robert Meadowcroft and Neil Bennett

The families of children and young people with the severe genetic muscle-wasting condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy received a heavy blow last week... [Read More]

Muscular dystrophy genetic therapy falls short in major trial

23 September 2013 - by Anna Cauldwell

A highly anticipated experimental treatment for the genetic condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy has failed in a key test of its effectiveness in a critical phase III clinical trial.

Genetic database needed to prevent cardiac deaths, says genomics expert

16 September 2013 - by Siobhan Chan

One comprehensive genetic database is needed for the prevention of deaths from cardiac disease to be a reality, says a cardiology expert... [Read More]

Is full genome analysis of newborns worthwhile? $25 million programme to investigate

09 September 2013 - by James Heather

The US National Institutes of Health has unveiled plans to trial sequencing the DNA of newborn babies, to test if it could improve paediatric medical care... [Read More]

Radio Review: Inside the Ethics Committee - Genetic Testing in Children

27 August 2013 - by Clara Salice

In this episode of Radio 4's Inside the Ethics Committee, we hear about Rachel's strong desire for her children to be tested for an inherited disease, Li-Fraumeni syndrome... [Read More]

Pair of genes linked to severe childhood epilepsy

19 August 2013 - by James Brooks

Two genetic variants have been pinpointed by researchers as causing two of the most severe forms of childhood epilepsy... [Read More]

Radio Review: Inside the Ethics Committee - Assisted Conception and Disability

12 August 2013 - by Daniel Malynn

Joan Bakewell presents the case of Rosemary, a 36-year-old woman with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome undergoing IVF... [Read More]

Researchers sniff out allergy genetic pathway

29 July 2013 - by David O'Rourke

Mutations in a single genetic pathway known to be disrupted in those with connective tissue disorders have been shown to be a major factor causing allergies in humans... [Read More]

'Female chromosome' might make a man a man

29 July 2013 - by Clara Salice

The 'female' X chromosome has been shown to contain several genes that may be involved in sperm production... [Read More]

How worried should we be about the 'slippery slope to designer babies'?

22 July 2013 - by Professor Stephen Wilkinson

Why are potentially positive developments like mitochondrial replacement therapy and next-generation sequencing greeted with talk of 'designer babies', and is such language justified?

Early clinical success for stem cell gene therapy in two diseases

15 July 2013 - by Nicola Davis

A clinical trial of a gene therapy to treat children with two types of severe genetic disease has shown early signs of success... [Read More]

UK Government backs mitochondrial replacement

01 July 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley

The UK Government is to support the introduction of mitochondrial replacement therapy. The IVF-based procedure could allow women with mitochondrial disease the opportunity to have healthy children, by replacing their own, faulty, mitochondria with healthy mitochondria from a donor.... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item


Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?
08 March 2011 1.15pm-1.55pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper to mark International Women's Day... [Read More]
Mutants and What to Do About Them
09 February 2011 7.30pm Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, UK
The 2011 British Humanist Association/South Place Ethical Society Darwin Day Lecture, given by Armand Marie Leroi... [Read More]

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