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Discretion and not duty: Why there should not be an obligation on healthcare professionals to share genetic information with family member
17 September 2006 - by Professor Graeme Laurie
I>Duty and not Discretion? Should a genetics or other health care professional (HCP) be under a duty to disclose genetic information to family members who may, or may not, be affected by a genetic disease? Our concern here is not the possible existence of a moral duty to... [Read More]
Why genetics services should contact at-risk relatives directly
18 September 2006 - by Dr Ainsley Newson
Finding out you have a genetic mutation is not an insular experience: this difficult revelation nearly always has implications for relatives as well. Often, good clinical interventions are available that could safeguard relatives' future health and perhaps even save their life. However, it's sometimes difficult to make sure this important... [Read More]
Second US company offers to distribute ACT's new stem cells
17 September 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
American biotech company WiCell, based in Wisconsin, has agreed to help distribute any stem cell lines created using a new, still controversial, technique developed by Advanced Cell Technologies (ACT). The new technique was reported in Nature on 24 August and describes a 'proof of principle' that stem... [Read More]
New genetic blood test could be 'lifesaver'
17 September 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
An international team of researchers has developed a new genetic test to determine blood type. The 'Bloodchip' will ensure a much closer match between blood donors and recipients than existing tests, say the BloodGen team, which includes scientists from the UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain, the Czech... [Read More]
Stretching transforms bone marrow stem cells
17 September 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Using special laboratory dishes to 'stretch' bone marrow stem cells could help them transform into smooth muscle tissue, says US bioengineering researcher Kyle Kurpinski. He told delegates attending a meeting of the American Chemical Society that physical manipulation of stem cells might be an important step... [Read More]
Sperm donor 'crisis' in UK
18 September 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Sperm banks in the UK are in the midst of a 'crisis' because of a lack of sperm donors, a BBC investigation has found. The BBC contacted 84 NHS and private fertility clinics across the country, as well as the one specialist sperm bank, receiving 74... [Read More]
Draft ES cell bill put before Australian parliament
18 September 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Draft legislation that is designed to expand the provision of embryonic stem (ES) cell research in Australia has been put before the federal Parliament. Democrat Senator Natasha Stott Despoja drafted the Private Member's Bill, which is modeled on the proposals put forward by the Lockhart Committee... [Read More]

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