Monthly Archives: September 2006

Jeans for Genes

Just a reminder that Friday 6th October is Jeans for Genes 2006 day.  Further details on how you can join in to help this charity are available from Jeans for Genes.

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Genetics study day at Staffordshire Uni.

Thanks to all the members of the Faculty of Health and Sciences at Staffordshire University that attended the study day in genetics that involved Maggie Kirk, myself and colleagues from the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre ( The … Continue reading

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Is it just me or is genetics everywhere?

Is it just my love of all things concerning DNA that I am seeing genetic issues everywhere including various soaps?  Eastenders has a current storyline about a baby being born with Down syndrome.  No evidence of this was picked up in the … Continue reading

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Genetics makes the front cover of nursing journal

The September issue of Cancer Nursing Practice has genetics on the front cover. Yipee!    Here at Glamorgan we are all extremely pleased; this month, Cancer Nursing Practice and 6 other journals from the RCN publishing group:Emergency Nurse Learning … Continue reading

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DNA blood test for donor/recipient matching

International collaborators are developing a genetic blood test that will provide more detailed results than those currently available.   It is hoped the test could be of particular benefit to people with blood conditions such as sickle cell anaemia, haemophilia, thalassaemias and leukaemia.  … Continue reading

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Males may have a biological clock too!

Research from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York suggested a link between the age of father and the incidence of autism.  The study had over 100,000 participants and found that … Continue reading


HGC plenary session

The Human Genetics Commission is holding its plenary session in Swansea this September.  They have issued an invitation for people to come and observe the proceedings.  Places are given on a first come basis. I am one of the lucky people!  Really … Continue reading

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HFEA consultations – advanced notice

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority are launching two public consultations. The first one is on ‘Donating eggs for research: safeguarding donors‘.  It will run from 8th September until December 2006.  Further details are available by clicking the above link, or from: Katy … Continue reading

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Stem cells for MS

Yesterday I blogged about a woman from Inverness who said she was angry about the failure of the MS stem cell therapy she’d had abroad.  This morning, a woman from Southampton has said that she is still feeling some benefits from … Continue reading

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White Paper review

The Department of Health have announced that Dr David Harper will lead the three year review of the genetics white paper ‘Our Inheritance, Our Future’.  Dr Harper is Chief Scientist at the Department of Health and Director General for Health … Continue reading

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