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Bowel cancer rates rising among younger adults
20 May 2019 - by Grace O'Regan
The incidence of bowel cancer is increasing among under 50s in Europe and other high-income countries around the world, two studies have confirmed... [Read More]
Compound in broccoli reduces tumour growth
20 May 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A new study gives credence to the idea that broccoli could protect against cancer... [Read More]
Human germline is 'not inviolable', says German ethics council
20 May 2019 - by Helen Robertson
The German Ethics Council has stated that intervention in the human germline - that is, DNA inherited by children from their parents - 'is not inviolable' when it comes to potential interventions... [Read More]
Looking for genetic relatives in genetic databases is harmful and wrong
20 May 2019 - by Professor Guido Pennings
More and more people are using DNA testing websites. The curiosity about one's ancestry seems to be growing, especially in the USA. In doing so, millions of people are giving away all rights to their genetic information without much concern about what can or will be done with it... [Read More]
Testing times: how should we use genomic data in assisted reproduction
20 May 2019 - by Ana Hallgarten
The Progress Educational Trust's event 'Testing Times: How Should We Use Genomic Data in Assisted Reproduction' took place at Amnesty International in London on the 16 May 2019. The event aimed to give members of the audience an insight into current uses of genomic data in assisted reproduction and its possible future uses... [Read More]
Removing donor anonymity retrospectively in Victoria, Australia – two years on
13 May 2019 - by Louise Johnson
It has been over two years since world-first changes to donor conception laws were implemented in Victoria, Australia, allowing all donor-conceived people to learn their sperm or egg donor's identity... [Read More]
Event Review: A public dialogue on genomic medicine
7 May 2019 - by Ana Hallgarten
The NHS is built around a social contract - an understanding that patients, the public, clinicians and government each have a part to play in saving lives and improving health. Where within this contract does the emerging practice of genomic medicine sit? ... [Read More]
Video Review: 'Engaging the Public with Genome Editing' series, Biochemical Society
7 May 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
'So, forgive my ignorance, but… what do you actually do every day?' As a scientist, this is a question I get asked all too frequently by friends and family. The separation between the scientific community and the wider public is seemingly ever growing... [Read More]
Podcast review: Future Uterus – The ultimate designer accessory (ABC)
29 April 2019 - by Bernie Owusu-Yaw
This podcast mini-series by ABC takes a 'womb's eye view of reproduction', in the words of its presenter Natasha Mitchell... [Read More]