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Glossary

Genetic test

A test that uses genetic analysis to diagnose or predict an illness or condition.



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FDA okays test for many cancer-causing genes

04 December 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a test which can detect cancer-causing mutations in 324 genes... [Read More]

BRCA screening could prevent 1000 cases of breast cancer a year

13 November 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Researchers have introduced new criteria to screen for BRCA gene mutations that could prevent more than 10,000 cases of cancer and save more than 2000 lives in the next decade... [Read More]

FDA to streamline path for direct-to-consumer genetic testing

13 November 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

The US Food and Drugs Administration has further deregulated direct-to-consumer genetic health risk tests, meaning that some will be approved for market without a pre-market review... [Read More]

Offer all prospective parents genetic screening, says study

06 November 2017 - by Ruth Retassie

Genetic testing for cystic fibrosis, fragile X syndrome and spinal muscular atrophy is recommended for all would-be parents by a study in Australia... [Read More]

US fertility doctor accused of using own sperm changes plea

30 October 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

A retired US fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients at his clinic will plead guilty to misleading investigators... [Read More]

Gene test could improve prediction of breast cancer risk

16 October 2017 - by Hannah Somers

A new genetic test to accurately predict an individual's risk of developing breast cancer will soon be rolled out at two hospital clinics in Manchester... [Read More]

What does consent mean for Generation Genome?

18 September 2017 - by Professor Becki Bennett

A public event held on 11 September 2017, Manchester by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]

Australian insurance inquiry to consider genetic discrimination

29 August 2017 - by Rachel Siden

A parliamentary inquiry in Australia is examining the impact of life insurance discrimination based on genetic test results... [Read More]

ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust: an arguable duty to disclose familial genetic risks

10 July 2017 - by Victoria Chico

In ABC v St Georges NHS Trust, the daughter of a man with Huntington's disease sued the UK hospital caring for her father, claiming that they had a duty of care to share the father's diagnosis with her, even against his wishes... [Read More]

Rapid blood test could detect lung cancer

24 April 2017 - by Meghna Kataria

A blood test could swiftly detect gene mutations found in lung cancer, allowing faster commencement of treatment... [Read More]

FDA approves home genetic tests for 10 diseases

10 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first genetic test to estimate an individual's risk of disease that can be sold directly to consumers... [Read More]

79 rare obesity-causing genes catalogued

03 April 2017 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy

Seventy-nine rare genetic syndromes in which obesity is a major feature have been catalogued by Canadian researchers... [Read More]

Canada passes genetic non-discrimination bill

13 March 2017 - by Rebecca Carr

A bill outlawing genetic discrimination has been passed by Canada's House of Commons, adding genetic characteristics as a protected ground under their Human Rights Act... [Read More]

US House Committee challenges workers' genetic privacy

13 March 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A bill currently passing through the US House of Representatives may mean that employees will have to share their genetic information with their employers... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Naked Genetics – Testing, testing

06 March 2017 - by Matthew Thomas

Dr Kat Arney leads a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion of genetic testing – from testing for cancer genes to whether your child's DNA can predict their future sporting ability... [Read More]

BRCA testing not offered to enough high-risk patients

13 February 2017 - by Hannah Somers

A study has indicated that US doctors may not be recommending genetic testing to a sufficient number of high-risk breast cancer patients... [Read More]

IVF culture medium can double the chance of success

09 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

The type of culture media used in IVF can more than double the chance of producing healthy embryos and significantly affect chances of successful conception... [Read More]

More women get tested for breast cancer genes thanks to 'Angelina Jolie effect'

19 December 2016 - by Anastassia Bolotkova

Angelina Jolie's 2013 public announcement that she has the BRCA1</i> breast cancer gene led to a 64 percent increase in women seeking genetic testing for breast cancer... [Read More]

Tumour gene tests produce conflicting results

19 December 2016 - by Isobel Steer

A study has cast doubts on the reliability of 'liquid biopsies' – blood tests that detect tumour mutations and are increasingly used to guide treatment... [Read More]

Stem cell test could improve leukaemia treatment

07 December 2016 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Researchers have developed a stem cell test that could rapidly predict how patients with acute myeloid leukaemia will respond to treatment... [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...


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