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Ruth Retassie

Ruth Retassie is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews. She is currently studying for an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Durham University, where her research focuses on the history of neonatal male circumcision in the USA. Previously, she obtained a BA in Philosophy and a BSc in Natural Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where her research focused on respecting the autonomy of patients with varying levels of competence. She has also interned in bioethics with Yale University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioethics and the University of Pittsburgh's Consortium Ethics Programme. She tweets as @Ruthifred

BioNews Review articles written by Ruth Retassie:
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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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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]
New Assisted Reproduction Bill in Ireland gathers pace
22 January 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Details of Ireland's proposed Assisted Human Reproduction Bill were revealed in a meeting of the Oireachtas Health Committee... [Read More]
Offer all prospective parents genetic screening, says study
6 November 2017 - by Ruth Retassie
Genetic testing for cystic fibrosis, fragile X syndrome and spinal muscular atrophy is recommended for all would-be parents by a study in Australia... [Read More]
Craig Venter says genome sequencing can predict faces
11 September 2017 - by Ruth Retassie
It is possible to predict someone's face using DNA sequencing and machine learning, according to Dr Craig Venter... [Read More]
Texas sperm bank sued for giving sperm to man's ex-girlfriend
17 August 2015 - by Ruth Retassie
A court case has begun involving a man's claim against a US fertility clinic and his ex-girlfriend, who allegedly procured vials of his sperm without his permission to conceive a child... [Read More]
Computer model suggests age 'to start trying for a family'
3 August 2015 - by Ruth Retassie
Researchers have developed a mathematical model for determining what age women should start trying to conceive... [Read More]