Monthly Archives: July 2005

Breast cancer spread predictable

A report in Nature says that some patients with breast cancer could be offered a more accurate prognosis following the discovery of a set of indicator genes. The presence of this active set of 54 genes is associated with the … Continue reading

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Controversy as scientist calls for women to donate eggs for cloning experiments.

In a move to speed up research into motor neuron disease, Dolly the sheep creator, Dr. Ian Wilmut is seeking permission from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to ask women to donate eggs for cloning experiments. Do you think … Continue reading

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HPW success

Emer Parker has been awarded a fellowship by Health Professions Wales (HPW) to study the impact on families of not receiving a diagnosis. Congratulations to Emer.

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Aortic aneurysm gene

Researchers have discovered a gene variant that might contribute to aortic aneurysms. This variant was found in four out of 80 families with a history of aortic aneurysms. Experts believe that there will be other genes yet to be indentified … Continue reading

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Gene swapping

Scientists have shown that the various influenza A viruses swap genes more quickly than had been previously thought. Before this research, published in Public Library of Science Biology, it had been believed that gene swapping between influenza A viruses was … Continue reading

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Genetic jab for hepatitis

Scientists have announced a that there are able to reduce viral Hepatitis B by up to 90% in infected animals. The treatment involves injecting molecules into blood which ‘switch off’ genes associated with the disease. Human trials are due to … Continue reading

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Two conferences coming up

Wales Gene Park and Cardiff University are hosting a two day symposium on ‘Genetics disorders and people from the Indian subcontinent – challenges for clinical services in the NHS’ from 22nd – 23rd November 2005, at the Wales Millennium Centre. … Continue reading

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Free IVF treatment

The Welsh Assembly Government has approved one free IVF cycle for couples living in any part of Wales. Previously, free treatment was only available in south Wales. It is estimated that 25% of women will become pregnant after one IVF … Continue reading


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome might be genetic

Recent research has suggested that some cases of CFS, or ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) might have a genetic cause. This knowledge might result in a blood test becoming available to test for CFS/ME, and perhaps ultimately a treatment. … Continue reading

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Gene test for autism, but not yet

An article in Molecular Psychiatry suggests that a test to determine a risk assessment for autism might be available in 2006. To date, up to 20 different genes have been implicated in autism spectrum disorders, thus complicating finding a gene … Continue reading

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