Monthly Archives: May 2006

European meeting on psychosocial aspects of genetics, Amsterdam May 6th – 9th

This was the first time I have attended this meeting, which was linked with the European Society for Human Genetics conference.  The programme was a very busy one, with an impressive number of good-quality posters.  There was a particularly interesting … Continue reading

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“Yes” to screening embryos for cancer susceptibility.

Following an open meeting on 10 May, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have agreed to "consider the use of PGD embryo testing for conditions such as inherited breast, ovarian and bowel cancers, given the aggressive nature of the … Continue reading


Asperger syndrome and crime: “No direct link” says Welsh study

A study of over 1 million people in south Wales has found very little data that supports the suggestion that individuals with Asperger syndrome (a  condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to others) are more likely … Continue reading

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A family history of deprivation – can it change your genes?

Researchers are suggesting that in addition to smoking, drinking, poor diet and lack of exercise, Glasgow’s bad health record may also be due to the history of deprivation in some areas.They believe that the lives of a person’s ancestors from … Continue reading

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Screening embryos for cancer susceptibility – decision to be made today.

Following a public consultation, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have recommended that embryos (produced via IVF) should be screened for certain types of cancer if there is a known risk in the family.During a public meeting today in … Continue reading

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MS stem cell therapy

Further to our report on stem cell therapy and Multiple Sclerosis "Stem cell therapy for MS" ( two more stories have emerged about British women going to the Netherlands for stem cell therapy.  In April, it was reported that Sue Mills from Southend, Essex went to … Continue reading

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