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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: The Who, the What, the Why and the How

Glossary

Huntington's disease

A progressive neurodegenerative genetic disorder, which affects muscle coordination and some cognitive functions.



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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]

Huntington's disease in mice partly reversed using CRISPR

26 June 2017 - by Meghna Kataria

Eliminating the faulty protein that causes Huntingdon's disease goes some way to reversing disease progression in mice, a study has found... [Read More]

Promise of blood test to predict course of Huntington's disease

12 June 2017 - by Lea Goetz

Scientists have identified the first promising biomarker for Huntington's disease (HD) that could be harnessed in a simple blood test to predict disease onset and progression... [Read More]

Daughter wins right to sue father's doctors in confidentiality case

22 May 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A woman whose father has Huntington’s disease has won the right to sue his doctors for negligence, for failing to tell her... [Read More]

No duty to inform non-patients of genetic test results

25 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A UK court has struck out a claim brought against a hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder when testing the claimants' second cousin three years previously... [Read More]

Genetic variants linked to start of Huntington's symptoms

03 August 2015 - by Dr Victoria Burchell

A genome-wide study of over 4000 people with Huntington's disease has identified the location several new gene variants that influence the onset of disease symptoms... [Read More]

Film Review: The Lion's Mouth Opens

13 July 2015 - by Dr Julia Hill

Julia Hill reviews 'The Lion's Mouth Opens', a moving portrait of Huntington's Disease... [Read More]

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis and the welfare of the healthy selected child

20 May 2013 - by Dr Mair Crouch

Preimplanatation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a technique that allows couples from families with history of certain inheritable diseases to try and reduce their risk of having a child affected by the condition.... [Read More]

Who is afraid of more informed patients? Public fear mongering by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences

11 February 2013 - by Dr Barbara Prainsack and Dr Daniela Steinberger

The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences' position paper on the 'Potential and Limits of "Individualised Medicine"' illustrates a concerning instance of public fear mongering based on factual mistakes and misinformation... [Read More]

Event Review: GENIE Public Engagement Lectures

22 October 2012 - by Marco Narajos

Bread and beer are not usually things that one would associate with diseases like cancer, dementia or Huntington's disease. This view was proved wrong by geneticists who gathered at the University of Leicester on 9 October 2012 for a series of lectures aimed at the non-scientist. It seems yeast can be inspiration for genetics research too.... [Read More]

Insurance will continue to be unaffected by predictive genetic tests, says Government

02 July 2012 - by George Frodsham

People who undergo genetic testing to establish their future risk of developing a genetic condition, such as Alzheimer's or breast cancer, will continue to have the right to take out health insurance without disclosing the test results to their insurer.... [Read More]

Huntington's disease gene-silencing drug effective in animal studies

25 June 2012 - by Holly Rogers

A single dose of an 'antisense' drug has been shown to slow, or even partially reverse, Huntington's disease in animal studies, according to a study published in Neuron.... [Read More]

Whole fetal genome sequenced for the first time

11 June 2012 - by Dr Daniel Grimes

Researchers have sequenced the entire genome of an 18 and a half-week-old fetus using DNA samples from the blood of its mother and saliva samples from its father. These findings provide a proof of principle that a fetus can be examined for genetic defects using non-invasive technologies... [Read More]

Two RNA studies give clues to neurodegeneration

23 January 2012 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud

Two independent studies have suggested new targets for treating neurodegenerative diseases... [Read More]

Brain cells from embryos: two successful mouse implant studies

05 December 2011 - by George Frodsham

Two separate studies have successfully transplanted neurons into the brains of mice. The transplanted neurons are able to send and receive electrical impulses, and can be used to compensate for faulty brain cells, restoring normal function. Both studies sourced the transplanted neurons from embryos – mouse embryos in one case, human embryonic stem cells were used in the other... [Read More]

Book Review: Genetic Twists of Fate

19 September 2011 - by Ruth Saunders

News reports that researchers have linked a certain gene to a disease, condition or trait appear almost daily. The most recent include multiple sclerosis, ovarian cancer, schizophrenia and even intelligence... [Read More]

TV Review: Should I Test My Genes? The Price of Life

11 July 2011 - by Daniel Malynn

Adam Wishart's documentary charted his personal journey to discover the secrets hidden in his genes. After his mother's death from breast cancer, Adam wanted to discover whether he too is genetically at risk of developing the disease. Looking at his immediate family history, he found seven of his mother's 14 brothers, sister and cousins died from cancer. Adam's mother, aunt and grandmother all had breast cancer... [Read More]

Is genetic discrimination fear of disability?

02 July 2010 - by Catherine Casserley

People with a genetic predisposition to health problems may experience prejudice from employers, prospective employers or insurers due to a perception that they will develop a condition that could seriously affect their work and life. But can present UK legislation protect them against this potentially discriminatory treatment given that it is based on perceived - not actual - disability?

Book Review: Learning to Live with Huntington's Disease - One Family's Story

04 May 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper

Huntington's Disease affects families as much as individuals; affected parents have a 50 per chance of passing it to their children. This fact makes this book describing the effects of Huntington's on an entire family such a thought-provoking read. And it's funny, chatty and uplifting too... [Read More]

'Embryo destroyed' stories came from nowhere

01 February 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper

Newspaper stories claiming that fertility regulators in the UK have allowed embryos to be destroyed for 'minor disorders' are unrelated to decisions taken at a recent regulatory meeting. Stories last week said the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) had allowed doctors to routinely screen out more than 100 genetic disorders using PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis). But, according to HFEA sources, the list of genetic disorders approved for PGD... [Read More]

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