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Angelina Jolie has ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce BRCA risk
30 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
In an article in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie has revealed her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, in her on-going battle to reduce her risk of cancer... [Read More]

Genomics England forms industry collaboration
30 March 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Genomics England has announced a new consortium that will see it share data from the 100,000 Genomes Project with major industry players... [Read More]

Iceland genome study predicts DNA of entire nation
30 March 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
Scientists in Iceland have produced a comprehensive portrait of the nation's genetic makeup... [Read More]





Squealing on DNA: the law and secondary uses of genetic information
30 March 2015 - by Professor Nils Hoppe
One of the legally and ethically problematic issues regularly debated in the context of biobanks and tissue repositories is that of its potential for forensic use. When Anna Lindh (the Swedish foreign minister) was murdered in 2003, her killer was subsequently identified by way of matching DNA traces found at the crime scene with data contained on the killer's Guthrie card... [Read More]

The picture doesn’t have to look like this
30 March 2015 - by Vicky Whitehead
In England, the IVF postcode lottery impacts on every different level of a patient's NHS treatment in a myriad of ways. Not only is there widespread variation in who can access treatment and the number of IVF cycles available, but even in how a cycle is defined... [Read More]

Lost in translation? Converting statutory criteria into clinic practice
23 March 2015 - by Marisa Allman
The recent case of X v Y v CRM highlights the potential legal difficulties for children born via assisted conception of clinic error. A recent audit by the HFEA discovered that 50 out of 75 clinics nationwide reported anomalies in respect of the signing or keeping of forms for legal parenthood... [Read More]





Event Review: In conversation with Dr Amy Gutmann
23 March 2015 - by Rachel Brown
On 15 March 2015, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics held its annual public lecture, which this year featured political scientist and philosopher Dr Amy Gutmann, chair of the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues... [Read More]

TV Review: HARDtalk - Professor Robert Winston
16 March 2015 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
This interview started badly for Professor Robert Winston. Within the first four minutes he had branded the concerns of opponents to mitochondrial donation 'trivial', and almost immediately after denied that he had done so... [Read More]

Event Review: Does egg-freezing enable women to 'have it all'?
09 March 2015 - by Rachel Brown
I arrived with some bemusement at this one-hour debate, 'Does egg-freezing enable women to "have it all"', to Beyoncé playing out loudly to an excited lecture theatre... [Read More]

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