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Ruth Retassie

Ruth Retassie is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She currently works in behavioural health. She has an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from Durham University,  She has also interned in bioethics with Yale University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioethics and the University of Pittsburgh's Consortium Ethics Programme

BioNews Review articles written by Ruth Retassie:
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Podcast Review: The Past, Present and Future of the Human Genome Project
23 November 2020 - by Ruth Retassie
This episode of the series showcased the history of the Human Genome Project in a way that was accessible for the general public, while also being specific and detailed enough to be interesting to science-savvy listeners... [Read More]
Video Review: 'Should we fear gene editing?' – TedMed
1 October 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
The TedMed talk by Professor Alta Charo, entitled 'Should we fear gene editing?', highlights the progress made and the concerns raised in genetic research over the past fifty years... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Ruth Retassie:
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Patient sues gynaecologist who used his own sperm in her mother's treatment
20 September 2021 - by Ruth Retassie
A woman who discovered that her gynaecologist was her biological father has filed a lawsuit against him for fraud and malpractice... [Read More]
Mouse eggs made from mouse stem cells matured in vitro
19 July 2021 - by Ruth Retassie
An in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) breakthrough has been achieved as mouse stem cells have been used to create egg cells that have successfully developed into live mice when used in IVF... [Read More]
Genetic link to 'happy marriage' discovered
4 March 2019 - by Ruth Retassie
US researchers have identified a genetic association with feelings of happiness and security within a marriage... [Read More]
Irish government to set aside funds for IVF treatment
7 January 2019 - by Ruth Retassie
The Irish government has said that it will dedicate funding to couples needing IVF and assisted reproduction treatments... [Read More]
Genetic test to screen embryos for low intelligence developed in US
19 November 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
A polygenic test to assess embryos for intelligence has been launched and several US IVF clinics are considering offering it to patients... [Read More]
Scientists call for controversial heart stem cell trial to be stopped
22 October 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Clinicians and researchers have petitioned that a clinical trial for a stem-cell based treatment for heart disease be halted, as some of the results on which it was based have been called into question... [Read More]
IVF babies at greater risk of high blood pressure as teens
10 September 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
People born with the aid of IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are six times more likely to develop high blood pressure as adolescents, a preliminary study has found... [Read More]
NHS will become flagship health service for genomic medicine
9 July 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Genomics England and the NHS will incorporate genome sequencing into routine care by establishing the Genomic Medicine Service... [Read More]
Men with low sperm count at higher risk of health problems
26 March 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Men's sperm count acts a marker of general health, with low counts indicating men are more likely to have other health conditions... [Read More]
Sequencing company proposes trading genetic information for cryptocurrency
12 February 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Nebula Genomics, a new firm founded by geneticists, has announced its plan to sequence customers’ genomes cheaply and allow them to sell their own genomic information for digital money... [Read More]