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CONTENTS Issue #680
Personalised medicine: a reality check
Book Review: Reproductive Health Psychology
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Personalised medicine: a reality check
5 November 2012 - by Professor Donna Dickenson
The soaring promises made by personalised medicine advocates are probably loftier than in any other medical or scientific realm today. Francis Collins, former co-director of the Human Genome Project, wrote: 'We are on the leading edge of a true revolution in medicine, one that promises to transform the traditional "one size fits all" approach into a much more powerful strategy'... [Read More]
Myriad Genetics holding genetic data as trade secrets
5 November 2012 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A group of academics has accused Myriad Genetics, the US biotech company that holds patents over the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic tests for increased risk of breast cancer, of keeping secret clinical data obtained from the tests by saying the information is commercially sensitive... [Read More]
Glasgow centre buyout births UK's largest IVF provider
5 November 2012 - by Cait McDonagh
The Academic Research Partnership (ARP) has bought a majority stake in the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM), reportedly creating the UK's largest provider of NHS and private IVF services... [Read More]
Human genetic variation mapped from 1,000 genomes
5 November 2012 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Over 1,000 people from 14 countries have had their genomes mapped by scientists. The researchers say their study will help them examine genetic variations at the scale of national populations and further identification of the rare genetic variations related to many diseases... [Read More]
Private sperm donor ordered to pay child support
5 November 2012 - by Joseph Jebelli
A man who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple 13 years ago in a private arrangement has been ordered to pay child support. He has called on the Government to make changes in the law so that private sperm donors are treated fairly.... [Read More]
Gene mutation melanoma drug recommended for NHS use
5 November 2012 - by Maria Sheppard
A drug which prolongs life in a form of skin cancer associated with a genetic mutation has been recommended for use on the NHS... [Read More]
Gene therapy approved in Europe for first time
5 November 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved Glybera, a gene therapy to treat a rare genetic condition, lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD), for sale across Europe. Glybera is the first gene therapy to be approved for the Western market and offers the first therapeutic treatment for people with LPLD.... [Read More]
Stem cell procedure to treat infertility after chemo tested in primates
5 November 2012 - by Dr Greg Ball
Banked sperm-producing stem cells have been used to restore sperm production in monkeys made infertile by chemotherapy treatment... [Read More]
Book Review: Reproductive Health Psychology
5 November 2012 - by Professor Eric Blyth
This comprehensive handbook is written for psychologists and other health-care professionals and covers reproductive health across the lifespan. It will be of considerable value to both undergraduate and post-graduate students who are studying reproductive health... [Read More]

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