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CONTENTS Issue #721
Genetic counselling - decision support or a tool for rationing?
Report Review: Eugenics and the Ethics of Selective Reproduction
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Genetic counselling - decision support or a tool for rationing?
9 September 2013 - by Alastair Kent and Nick Meade
This week, the new policy of American health insurer, Cigna, that requires genetic counselling before access to BRCA genetic testing, will come into effect. Reaction to this announcement has been mixed. We thought it would be interesting to compare this new policy with how genetic testing for BRCA cancer risk is delivered in the UK.... [Read More]
Is full genome analysis of newborns worthwhile? $25 million programme to investigate
9 September 2013 - by Dr James Heather
The US National Institutes of Health has unveiled plans to trial sequencing the DNA of newborn babies, to test if it could improve paediatric medical care... [Read More]
Pioneering ovarian tissue graft helps cancer survivor become pregnant
9 September 2013 - by Dr Daniel Grimes
A woman in Australia has become pregnant with her own eggs following an ovarian tissue transplant seven years after her ovaries were removed during cancer treatment.... [Read More]
Helq gene linked to ovarian cancer risk in mice
9 September 2013 - by Dr Katie Howe
Researchers have identified a gene in mice that, if faulty, increases the chances of developing ovarian cancer.... [Read More]
Rare disease treatments risk being 'entirely out of patients' reach', says MPs report
9 September 2013 - by James Brooks
A parliamentary report has recommended a ring-fenced fund to ensure access to 'low volume, high cost' treatments for rare diseases... [Read More]
Sleep turns on brain cell boosting genes
9 September 2013 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
Genes involved in replenishing brain cells and their support materials are switched on during sleep, according to a study in mice... [Read More]
Stem cell and gene therapy heart attack therapy trials begin
9 September 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
The first patients from two separate ongoing studies have been treated using gene and stem cell therapies to repair damage caused by heart attacks... [Read More]
Report Review: Eugenics and the Ethics of Selective Reproduction
9 September 2013 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
The prospect of eugenics has re-emerged in multiple new guises. The polarising power of this concept is part of its fascination, but this is not necessarily fruitful for debate or policy-making. In their booklet, Stephen Wilkinson and Eve Garrard address this problem... [Read More]

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