Monthly Archives: September 2005

A level science debates

On Tuesday 27th September, three members of the Genomics Policy Unit were involved in a science day for A level students from across Powys. We ran sessions on genetic testing and screening, for which we took four groups of students. … Continue reading

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Finding the genes behind common diseases.

The Wellcome Trust is providing £9m of funding to a UK wide collaboration which will look for the genetic ‘signposts’ of TB, heart disease, type 1 and 2 diabetes, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, bipolar disorder and hypertension. Over 19000 … Continue reading

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Genetic cure for baldness

Researchers in the US have shown that it is possible to restart hair growth in mice through genetic manipulation. Experiments have shown that bald mice start to regrow fur after a faulty gene is replaced with a normal one. BBC … Continue reading

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Gene therapy possible

Gene therapy for Chronic Granulomatous Disorder is reported to have cured two people worldwide, and may soon be available in the United Kingdom, at London’s Royal Free Hospital. BBC News

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“The most successful recreation of Down syndrome so far”.

Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21. Scientists have announced that they have been able to add about 90% of the 250 genes on human chromosome 21 into mouse cells and have been able to create … Continue reading

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Green sperm

Researchers from Oxford University have transferred a jellyfish gene that creates a green protein into hamster sperm. This protein makes the sperm glow flourescent green under certain light wavelengths. The green sperm will be used in further research into human … Continue reading

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A long wait

One of the benefits from the Human Genome Project that has received most attention is the field of personalised medicine. Pharmaceutical products custom made to fit the genetic profile of the patient and the condition being treated. A report by … Continue reading

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Inherited blindness investigated

Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is an untreatable inherited condition that usually causes total blindness from birth. Researchers will track a protein called AIPL1, which should be present in the cone and rod cells of the eye in childhood. In LCA, … Continue reading

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Genetics education for nurses across Europe

At the 8th International Nursing Research Conference (Seville, November 2004), the Genomics Policy Unit was asked to build and lead a research programme to address issues around the integration of genetics into nursing education and practice. A network of partners … Continue reading

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Genetic component to pre-eclampsia

Norwegian researchers have discovered that the inherited risk factor for pre-eclampsia depends on both the mother and the father. Pre-eclampsia can cause complications during late pregnancy, and is responsible for the deaths of several mothers and babies each year. It … Continue reading

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