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Ruth Saunders

Ruth Saunders was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme; and a Volunteer at the charity that publishes BioNews, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She is currently studying for a PhD at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), where she also teaches Business Law. Her PhD research focuses on the legal, ethical and social implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing for common diseases, pharmacogenetics, nutrigenomics and ancestry. Previously she studied Law at QMUL, where she went on to obtain an MA in Medical Law and Ethics. She tweets as @Ruth_Saunders

BioNews Comment articles written by Ruth Saunders:
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Progress Educational Trust conference: SET in stone - single embryo transfer policy
13 January 2014 - by Ruth Saunders
The last session of PET's annual conference tackled changes in the HFEA's attitude to single embryo transfer (SET) policy, following a recent successful legal challenge... [Read More]
The Age-Old Question: The Impact of Age
7 January 2013 - by Ruth Saunders
Progress Educational Trust's 2012 annual conference 'Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?' concluded with a session entitled 'The Age-Old Question: The Impact of Age'... [Read More]
What's in a name?
27 February 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
In July 2011, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) announced its plans to improve the rules governing the protection of human subjects in research, after admitting current regulations were 'developed years ago'... [Read More]
Discretion isn't the better part of regulation
16 May 2011 - by Ruth Saunders
The market for direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests has grown dramatically as more companies offer tests for disease susceptibility, carrier status and drug response. While ethical and policy debates surround the tests, they have remained largely unregulated... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Ruth Saunders:
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Report Review: Consumer Genetic Testing
2 April 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
Last week the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) released a POST Note - a guide for MPs and other parliamentarians on science and technology issues - on consumer genetic testing... [Read More]
Book Review: Genetic Twists of Fate
19 September 2011 - by Ruth Saunders
News reports that researchers have linked a certain gene to a disease, condition or trait appear almost daily. The most recent include multiple sclerosis, ovarian cancer, schizophrenia and even intelligence... [Read More]
Film Review: The Kids Are All Right
18 October 2010 - by Ruth Saunders
The Kids Are All Right is about the long-term committed lesbian relationship of Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) and their relationship with their two teenage children, 18-year-old Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and 15-year-old Laser (Josh Hutcherson), one born to each mother using the same unknown sperm donor. There is nothing particularly unusual about this film to begin with. Both kids call their parents 'Mum' and behave towards them like normal teenagers, with a mixture of love and ... [Read More]
Film Review: The Switch / The Back-Up Plan
4 October 2010 - by Ruth Saunders
The Switch and The Back-Up Plan are films about donor insemination and the single woman. Two New York women opt to use a donor's sperm after their dreams of settling down with 'Mr Right' and starting a family don't go to plan. Both films treat the topic of donor insemination as rom-com territory rather than the makings of a gritty drama... [Read More]
Book Review: Making Babies the Hard Way - Living with Infertility and Treatment
21 June 2010 - by Ruth Saunders
The use of fertility treatment is continually increasing in the UK. Despite this, it is successful in only about 20 per cent of cases. Making Babies the Hard Way is an autobiographical account that charts four years of one couple's struggle to conceive a child, through the eyes of author Caroline Gallup and her husband Bruce... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Ruth Saunders:
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23andMe faces lawsuit, stops offering health analysis
9 December 2013 - by Ruth Saunders
Genetic testing company 23andMe, which last week suspended the sale of its health-related genetic tests, is now facing a class action lawsuit in California over its marketing claims.... [Read More]
23andMe's genetics screening service sold in violation of regulations, says FDA
2 December 2013 - by Ruth Saunders
The US Food and Drug Administration has ordered 23andMe to 'immediately discontinue' its Personal Genome Service after failing to undergo proper agency approval for its marketing claims... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement IVF: discussions begin in USA
21 October 2013 - by Ruth Saunders
The health regulator in the USA is considering whether clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement techniques should go ahead.... [Read More]
Companies hold patents on entire human genome
8 April 2013 - by Ruth Saunders
A new study has reported that the entire human genome may be under patents held by commercial companies.... [Read More]
US Supreme Court asked to reconsider gene patents
1 October 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the US Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to uphold the patent held by Myriad Genetics on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancers... [Read More]
Consumer genetics firm 23andMe seeks regulatory approval for disease risk tests
20 August 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
23andMe, a US-based personal genomics company, has sought regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration for seven of its genetic tests.... [Read More]
Two gene variants linked to breast size also linked to breast cancer
9 July 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
Two novel gene variants linked to breast size may also also influence the risk of breast cancer, according to a study carried out by US genetics company 23andMe.... [Read More]
Personal genomics company 23andMe awarded Parkinson's gene patent
6 June 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
23andMe, a personal genomics company, announced last week that it had been successfully awarded a patent for a gene variant which appears to protect against a high-risk mutation for Parkinson's disease... [Read More]
Roche withdraws bid for DNA sequencing pioneer Illumina
30 April 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
The standoff between Roche and Illumina, which provides services and equipment for genetic analysis, finally came to an end last week as the Swiss pharmaceuticals giant ended efforts for a hostile takeover bid... [Read More]
US health institute launches genetic test database
5 March 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
A free information resource detailing numerous disease-specific genetic tests that are now available was launched last week by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)... [Read More]