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From principles to practice: the shifting regulatory landscape for consumer genetics
27 August 2010 - by Dr Stuart Hogarth and Professor David Melzer
Earlier this month the UK's Human Genetics Commission (HGC) published a new document entitled 'A Common Framework of Principles for Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Services' in a bid to define standards for this emergent sector... [Read More]
Will the public trust a single regulator for research?
30 August 2010 - by Simon Denegri
In these uncertain times, a single regulator for research is one of the safer bets you might place.... [Read More]
US judge rules against Obama's stem cell policy
31 August 2010 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A ruling of a district federal judge has halted federally-funded embryonic stem cell research in the United States... [Read More]
UK may allow payments for gamete donors
31 August 2010 - by Rose Palmer
Egg and sperm donors in the UK could receive increased compensation under new proposals aimed at reducing the number of couples travelling abroad for treatment... [Read More]
Skin disease has inbuilt genetic 'cure'
31 August 2010 - by Alison Cranage
Scientists have identified genetic changes responsible for the rare skin condition, ichthyosis with confetti (IWC). They also discovered that skin cells from patients with IWC can eliminate the genetic mutation that causes the disease... [Read More]
Vitamin D's possible effect on our genes
31 August 2010 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Researchers from the UK and Canada have identified 229 human genes that are influenced by changes in vitamin D levels. Several of these genes are implicated in cancers and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Type 1 diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.... [Read More]
British DNA scientist was suspected of spying for Russia
31 August 2010 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
Maurice Wilkins won the Nobel Prize for Medicine with James Watson and Francis Crick in 1962, for the pioneering work in deciphering the structure of the DNA helix. Files recently released to the National Archives now reveal that he was previously being investigated for being a potential communist sympathiser and betraying secrets from his work on the first nuclear bomb... [Read More]
CIRM gives $243m more funding to stem cell research
31 August 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in San Francisco has approved a further $243 million to encourage researchers working on stem cell therapies to push forward into the clinical trial phase... [Read More]
Molecular approach to male infertility
31 August 2010 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
Research carried out at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine suggests that the packaging of DNA affects the production of sperm and could explain some cases of male infertility.... [Read More]
Cause of corneal disease lies in the genes
31 August 2010 - by Sarah Pritchard
Researchers have discovered that people who carry a mutated form of the transcription factor 4 gene (TCF4) have as much as a 30-fold increased risk of developing Fuchs's corneal dystrophy... [Read More]
TV Review: Dispatches - When Cousins Marry
31 August 2010 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Why am I criticising a campaign to reduce the incidence of severe autosomal recessive diseases? After all, I spent five years of my 40-year clinical career in medical genetics living in Oman - a Muslim country where over 50 per cent of marriages are consanguineous? Let's dig deeper!... [Read More]

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