Monthly Archives: February 2008

Today is the First European Rare Disease Day

For more information on Rare Disease Day visit Why not use this event as an opportunity to learn or teach about a rare disease through the words of our storytellers. Visit Telling Stories, Understanding Real Life Genetics and select … Continue reading

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Genetic obesity

I haven’t blogged on obesity since 2006, so this twins-study research from London is timely. Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers have found that body mass index and waist size differences were 77% due to genes. That … Continue reading


Kevin McDonald has great genes…

…he doesn’t look a day over 40! Happy Birthday Kevin from all in the Research Unit.

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Cousins raise the birth rate

Research from Iceland shows that 3rd and 4th cousins have more children together than closer or unrelated couples. The research, published in Science raises the question of urban living increasing the chances of meeting unrelated partners, and thus lowering the … Continue reading

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New publication

Genomic Medicine has accepted The geography of genetics: an analysis of referral patterns to a cancer genetics service for publication in the next issue. This link takes you to the ‘online first’ pdf. The authors are Kevin McDonald, Dr Rachel … Continue reading

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New HFEA Chair

Professor Lisa Jardine will take over as Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1st April 2008.

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