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Ruth Retassie

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


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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]

Fertility app offers to fund treatment for women who can't conceive

12 August 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

A fertility app has been launched that will help pay for treatment for women who are unable to conceive after ten months of using the program... [Read More]

Myriad sues companies for infringing on BRCA test patents

15 July 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

Myriad Genetics is suing two other companies who are offering genetic tests for BRCA1 and BRAC2 gene mutations for patent infringement... [Read More]

US Supreme Court allows DNA swabs of people under arrest

10 June 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the police are allowed to collect DNA from people they arrest... [Read More]

Scotland: 'Fairer and faster' IVF access limited to non-obese, non-smoking, teetotalers

20 May 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

The Scottish government has approved criteria which include new restrictions on access to state-funded IVF but which also aim to end the 'postcode lottery' faced by many couples with fertility problems... [Read More]

Scotland: £20 million personalised medicine research centre gets go-ahead

29 April 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

The University of Glasgow will receive £20 million to develop a research centre dedicated to personalised medicine... [Read More]

Ireland: Genetic mother wins surrogacy case

11 March 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

The Irish High Court has ruled in a landmark case that a woman who is the genetic mother of twins born through a surrogate can be recognised as the legal mother of the children.... [Read More]

Genes affect weight gain from fatty diets

14 January 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

Genes play a role in weight gain resulting from diets high in fat and sugar content, say scientists... [Read More]

British Columbia Court of Appeal reverses decision on sperm donor anonymity

03 December 2012 - by Ruth Retassie

A British Columbia court has ruled that donor-conceived people do not have a constitutional right to know their biological origins and has reversed an earlier decision that would have effectively removed donor anonymity in the province.... [Read More]

New Jersey Supreme Court deadlocked over maternal status in surrogacy

29 October 2012 - by Ruth Retassie

The New Jersey Supreme Court has failed to reach a majority verdict on whether a law that requires women to adopt a child born through surrogacy arrangements using donated eggs, to be considered the child's legal mother, discriminates against women affected by infertility.... [Read More]

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