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CONTENTS Issue #460
From principles to practice: implementing genetic database governance
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From principles to practice: implementing genetic database governance
2 June 2008 - by Dr Sue Gibbons
Biobanking is flourishing. Techniques and technologies are evolving rapidly. Demand for harmonised standards, especially to facilitate cross-border data and biosample sharing and database interoperability, is mounting. Within this changing environment, the need to develop appropriate, legitimate and effective human genetic database governance frameworks - at national, regional and international levels - is... [Read More]
President Bush signs genetic anti-discrimination bill into law
2 June 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
Last Wednesday, President Bush signed into law the US's long-awaited Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ('GINA'), heralded as the first civil rights legislation of the new millennium. The legislation swept Congress with a combined almost-unanimous 509-1 vote and will prohibit genetic discrimination by employers, insurers and unions... [Read More]
Stem cell lines created with sickle cell anaemia mutation
2 June 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US have found a faster and more efficient way to reprogramme cells into embryonic-like stem cells so that they can be used to study genetic disorders such as sickle cell anaemia. The study was published in the... [Read More]
British woman freezes eggs for daughter aged 10
2 June 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
A British woman has had some of her own eggs frozen for her ten-year old daughter to use in the future, as she will be rendered infertile by a genetic illness. As frozen eggs for donation can only be kept for 10 years, and the mother's eggs... [Read More]
Genetic link between low alcohol tolerance and oral cancers found
2 June 2008 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
An international team of scientists has found that the genes that help the body break down alcohol also influence a person's risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat and oesophagus. The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, looked at six variants of the alcohol dehydrogenase... [Read More]
Painting and decorating may be harmful to male fertility
2 June 2008 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
New research shows that the sperm of men who work as painters and decorators is likely to be of poorer quality. This is due to their exposure to chemical solvents known as glycol ethers in water-based paints and other substances used in their trade. The scientists... [Read More]
NHS confirms IVF twins have not been abandoned
2 June 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Fears that twin baby girls conceived through IVF treatment in India had been abandoned by their parents have been struck out by the UK's West Midlands NHS Trust. The Sun newspaper broke the news by reporting how the parents of the child, an Indian couple with British... [Read More]

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