Monthly Archives: February 2007

Designer Babies – Public Discussion

For those of you within travelling distance of Cardiff you may be interested in a public discussion on ‘Designer Babies’ being held at Techniquest on Wednesday 21 March 2007 between 6.00 – 7.30pm. See flyer below for further details.


A new test to be offered as part of newborn screening in England.

By March 2009, screening will be offered for the metabolic disorder Medium Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD) as part of standard newborn screening within England. MCADD is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that results in an impaired ability to … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheerful – parts 1 &2

1. The GPU is very happy to welcome this week Mrs Michelle Bishop, a visiting PhD student from Australia.  Michelle has been awarded an NHMRC Travel Scholarship to spend 3 months in the UK, hosted by the University of Glamorgan.  … Continue reading

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New blogger

As a brand new blogger it has taken me some time to dip my toes into the water, but I have been nagged by Emma Tonkin since being made a Visiting Professor some months ago and think it is appropriate that I … Continue reading


Nature’s proteins light up London street

For anyone in London at the moment, you might be interested in taking a walk along the Euston Road one evening. The Wellcome Trust’s headquarters currently has a window display of biologically important proteins built in neon. This art links … Continue reading

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Diana De: leading light at the GPU

Diana De has been selected to take part in the Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service in May, at Westminster Abbey.  As one of the three scholars chosen for 2007, Diana will go to the altar to receive the lamp of knowledge, … Continue reading

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Trains, planes and now stem cells

Richard Branson, boss of the Virgin Group today launches a stem cell storage bank. For around £1500, cells harvested from a baby’s umbilical cord will be stored for 20years. If the child later develops leukaemia, the cells could be a … Continue reading