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Ruth Retassie

Ruth Retassie is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She is currently studying for an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Durham University, where her research focuses on the history of neonatal male circumcision in the USA. Previously, she obtained a BA in Philosophy and a BSc in Natural Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where her research focused on respecting the autonomy of patients with varying levels of competence. She has also interned in bioethics with Yale University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioethics and the University of Pittsburgh's Consortium Ethics Programme. She tweets as @Ruthifred


BioNews News articles written by Ruth Retassie:


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]

Craig Venter says genome sequencing can predict faces

11 September 2017 - by Ruth Retassie

It is possible to predict someone's face using DNA sequencing and machine learning, according to Dr Craig Venter... [Read More]

Texas sperm bank sued for giving sperm to man's ex-girlfriend

17 August 2015 - by Ruth Retassie

A court case has begun involving a man's claim against a US fertility clinic and his ex-girlfriend, who allegedly procured vials of his sperm without his permission to conceive a child... [Read More]

Computer model suggests age 'to start trying for a family'

03 August 2015 - by Ruth Retassie

Researchers have developed a mathematical model for determining what age women should start trying to conceive... [Read More]

Scottish Government urged to consider three NHS IVF cycles

26 May 2015 - by Ruth Retassie

A parliamentary committee has asked the Scottish Government to consider funding three cycles of IVF on the NHS, in an increase from the two cycles currently funded on the NHS in Scotland... [Read More]

Review supports existence of the 'placebome'

20 April 2015 - by Ruth Retassie

Some people may be genetically more likely to experience the 'placebo effect', according to a review of recent studies... [Read More]

British woman in legal bid to use dead daughter's eggs

02 March 2015 - by Ruth Retassie

A British woman is in a legal bid to become pregnant using her deceased daughter's eggs, reports the Daily Mail. The mother, aged 59, said it was her daughter's dying wish before she died of bowel cancer four years ago... [Read More]

Mid Essex: Only HIV and cancer patients could be eligible for IVF

28 July 2014 - by Ruth Retassie

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed to limit access to IVF to cancer patients and HIV-positive men under its options for reform to the funding of its fertility services.... [Read More]

'Bionic ear' delivers gene therapy

28 April 2014 - by Ruth Retassie

Gene therapy, performed using cochlear implants, has regenerated auditory nerves in guinea pigs, a study reports... [Read More]

The Jolie effect: breast cancer gene testing increases, but so do surgery requests

07 October 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

A London clinic has reported an increase in the number of requests for BRCA genetic testing and preventative mastectomies since Angelina Jolie's announcement last May that she had undergone a double mastectomy.... [Read More]




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