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Screening

Assessing a group of people to determine who among them is at particular risk of having or transmitting a disease or health problem. In the context of UK gamete donation, screening of gamete donors is legally required, in order to assess the risk presented by HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Additional tests may be required depending on the donor's circumstances, in accordance with current professional guidelines.



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The reflex DNA method is an improvement on current antenatal screening in the UK

27 November 2017 - by Jonathan Bestwick

Antenatal screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes with the reflex DNA method was shown in our recent study to have higher screening performance compared with the combined test alone, and compared with the proposed recall DNA method... [Read More]

The reflex prenatal screening model seems like a step in the wrong direction

20 November 2017 - by Catherine Joynson

The new 'reflex' method of antenatal screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes was described last week as a 'transformational advance'. It might be cheaper than other approaches, but it could come at the cost of informed choice for pregnant women and couples... [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]

New prenatal DNA test for Down's syndrome is more accurate and cheaper

13 November 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

A new prenatal screening method for Down's syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndromes is safer, more reliable and cheaper than existing approaches, a study has found... [Read More]

AI test could be first screening tool for ovarian cancer

06 November 2017 - by Isobel Steer

Machine learning has been used to develop a promising screening test for ovarian cancer, a team of US-based researchers has said... [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]

Seventy-two new gene targets for breast cancer found

30 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Two studies have discovered 72 new genetic variants associated with the risk of developing breast cancer... [Read More]

CRISPR used to uncover new drug targets for cancer

02 October 2017 - by Rachel Reeves

New potential drug targets have been identified for cancers associated with KRAS gene mutations, which are thought to drive around 20-30 percent of all human cancers... [Read More]

Book Review: How to Code a Human

18 September 2017 - by Mikey Lebrett

Genomics may herald a bright future - for those who understand it. But what about those who do not? Dr Kat Arney's new book 'How to Code a Human' is a beautiful example of how complicated genetic topics can be simplified and clarified to make them understandable and enjoyable for the least-scientific of readers.... [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]

Screen all chromosomes in prenatal embryo testing, says study

04 September 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

Current prenatal chromosome screening tests could miss rare chromosomal abnormalities and lead to inaccurate results... [Read More]

Liquid DNA biopsies could be used for cancer screening

21 August 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

US researchers have developed a new blood test to detect cancer-related DNA alterations before patients experience symptoms... [Read More]

South Asian social systems give insight into genetics

24 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Genome-wide analysis in South Asian populations may provide insight into rare genetic diseases, suggests research... [Read More]

What next for genomics? Providing answers, changing lives, transforming the NHS

10 July 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A packed public event, produced by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with Genomics England, saw the Chief Medical Officer for England launch her report 'Generation Genome'... [Read More]

Lifetime cancer risk predicted for BRCA mutation carriers

26 June 2017 - by Lea Goetz

A study of almost 10,000 women carrying BRCA mutations has revealed the best estimate yet of their risk in developing breast and ovarian cancer... [Read More]

The craftsmanship of mimicking embryogenesis in a dish

13 March 2017 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

The regulatory mechanisms governing organ development are, in general, poorly defined. To recreate the complex processes involved in organ growth and maturation, scientists have started fiddling with three-dimensional (3D) cell culture... [Read More]

Ethics report on non-invasive prenatal testing raises questions of its own

06 March 2017 - by Nick Meade

The Nuffield Council of Bioethics' new report on non-invasive prenatal testing is unnecessarily negative and encroaches on women's reproductive choices... [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]

New genetic links to pancreatic cancer discovered

20 February 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

Researchers have used whole-genome sequencing to uncover new mutations responsible for a rare type of pancreatic cancer... [Read More]

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