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Difficult decisions faced by women with a BRCA gene mutation
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Difficult decisions faced by women with a BRCA gene mutation
28 May 2013 - by Chris Jacobs
The news about Angelina Jolie opting for a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer has undoubtedly raised concerns among women with a family history of the disease. Whilst this news has certainly raised awareness of hereditary cancer, there are two key points that it is important to emphasize... [Read More]
Human embryonic stem cell study under investigation
28 May 2013 - by Richard Fadok
A group of anonymous scientists has voiced concerns about a controversial stem cell finding published online in Cell earlier this month, causing the journal to begin an investigation... [Read More]
Genetic testing programme for cancer risk launched
28 May 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran
A genetic testing programme that will look for nearly 100 cancer risk genes has been launched, in the hope that genetic tests will become routine for cancer patients across the UK.... [Read More]
Early trial of epigenetic blood test for post-natal depression
28 May 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
A blood test that looks for chemical alterations to certain genes may help predict whether women will suffer post-natal depression, scientists say after a small study... [Read More]
Shoes not solely to blame for bunions
28 May 2013 - by Dr James Heather
Uncomfortable shoes might not be only to blame for bunions, as the foot condition could have a genetic link, according to a study... [Read More]
BRCA gene carrier has prostate removed
28 May 2013 - by James Brooks
A British man has had his prostate removed after testing positive for a mutation in the BRCA2 gene known to greatly increase the risk of cancer. The operation is thought to be the first prostatectomy performed due to an assessment of genetic risk... [Read More]
Quebec government orders a review of IVF funding
28 May 2013 - by Dr Pamela White
The Quebec Health Minister Réjean Hébert has announced a review of the province's publicly funded IVF program in light of rising costs, but has made assurances that provincial funding will not be cut.... [Read More]
Australian court rules no barrier to IVF treatment for sex offender
28 May 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A court in the state of Victoria, Australia, has allowed a previously convicted sex offender and his partner to have access to IVF treatment... [Read More]
Event Review: It's All in the Genes - Medical Genetics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
28 May 2013 - by David O'Rourke
Medical genetics has changed how we think about diagnosis and treatment in almost every field of medicine. At an evening event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), medical genetics teamed up with obstetrics and gynaecology to explore the impact of genetics on the diagnosis of ovarian and breast cancer.... [Read More]
TV Review: Fat Family Tree
28 May 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
When a well-known GP promises us 'gene-busting' failsafe diet tips on TV, they should have some serious science backing it up... [Read More]

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