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FILM: Sandy Starr and Simon Wilde discuss whole genome sequencing, newborn screening and public dialogue

12 July 2021
By BioNews
Appeared in BioNews 1103

This film documents a conversation between Sandy Starr (deputy director of the Progress Educational Trust) and Simon Wilde (engagement director at Genomics England) about a new report on whole genome sequencing and newborn screening.

(If you cannot see the film below, click here to view it.)

The main themes of the conversation are as follows.
00:00 Background to Genomics England
01:21 Background to newborn screening
02:50 How the public dialogue was conducted
03:55 Converging and diverging views
05:45 Challenges posed by genomics
08:11 Discussing genomics during a pandemic
09:48 Key findings and messages of the public dialogue
11:49 What will happen next?

The report discussed by Sandy Starr and Simon Wilde is 'Implications of Whole Genome Sequencing for Newborn Screening: A Public Dialogue'.

Simon also mentions the following two reports:

22 November 2021 - by Dr Molly Godfrey 
The first 200,000 whole genomes to be sequenced as part of the UK Biobank project have been made widely available to researchers...
22 November 2021 - by Dr Jess Buxton 
A new pilot study embedded in the NHS will explore whether and how to offer whole genome sequencing to newborn babies...
15 November 2021 - by Joseph Hawkins 
Whole genome sequencing of NHS patients with rare diseases can provide diagnoses that could lead to more personalised care or treatment and potentially save the NHS money, a study has shown...
8 November 2021 - by Dr Yvonne Collins 
Currently, only nine conditions are screened for in the UK, which is fewer than many other high-income countries. Although many patient groups advocate for new conditions to be added to the list, this has not happened...
19 July 2021 - by Gemma Hobcraft 
The implementation plan for 2021-2022 provides an insight as to how the National Genomic Health Strategy will begin to 'transform genomic healthcare over the next ten years'...
5 July 2021 - by Tsvetana Stoilova 
A single blood drop, taken without your consent, can be life-changing...
28 June 2021 - by Allison Watson 
Ring chromosome 20 syndrome is an ultra-rare difficult to treat epilepsy, often accompanied by intellectual disability and behaviour disorder...
19 October 2020 - by Dr Richard Scott 
Genomics is revolutionising the way we think about healthcare. This is perhaps a bold statement to quote from the National Genomics Healthcare Strategy but one I am fully invested in...
19 October 2020 - by Louisa Ghevaert 
The UK Government recently published a new genomic healthcare strategy. In doing so, it envisages creating the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world and ensuring the UK remains a global leader in genetics and genomics...
5 October 2020 - by Dr Laura Riggall 
The UK Government has launched a new strategy to establish the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world in a bid to secure the UK as a global leader in genomics..
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