Monthly Archives: July 2009

More issues raised from ‘My sister’s Keeper’

Can you imagine parents are informed of their little angel’s diagnosis of Leukaemia in a hospital corridor? That was what happed to Katie’s parents in the film ‘My sister’s Keeper’! Do NHS health professionals handle such information in this way? … Continue reading


Brighton Rocked last week

The 2009 Cornelia de Lange Syndrome World Conference was hosted by CdLS UK and Ireland ( last week. Brighton saw families gather to make new friends, resume old friendships, share experiences and generally have a fun time. I think the … Continue reading


Film raises important genetic issues

This weekend I went to see the movie ‘My Sister’s Keeper’. It was originally a novel written by Jodi Picoult. Having read the book the film does portray the novel with accuracy. The synopsis of the film is as follows: … Continue reading


Congratulations to Reader Rachel!

The GPU is very pleased and proud to congratulate Dr Rachel Iredale on her promotion to Reader. Rachel moved to the then embryonic GPU at Glamorgan in 1996 and she has driven our ‘public engagement’ strand ever since. Rachel is … Continue reading


President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Francis Collins as NIH Director

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Francis S. Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services in a press release from Washington yesterday. The press release also stated: ‘President … Continue reading


House of Lords call for NMC to set standards

Today saw the launch of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s report on Genomic Medicine. The review has been gathering evidence during 2008/09 from a wide range of experts in the UK. Maggie gave evidence in November and … Continue reading

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GAMY Goes to London

Two of the GAMY girls (Rachel & Kim), made their way to London and attended the British Science Association, Science Communication Conference. The event took place over 2 days and was housed in the impressive new build of Kings Place. … Continue reading

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First ever main session on genetics at ICN Congress

I was very pleased to be invited to speak at the ICN‘s first ever main session devoted to genetics. ‘Sharing the platform’ alongside Carole Kenner from the US and Merlyn Glass from South Africa, we were pleased to see about … Continue reading

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Universal embryo test ‘very near’

According to today’s BBC news heath webpages, a gene mapping test that can test embryos for almost any inherited disease could be available in the UK within a year. Unlike current tests doctors do not need to know the specific … Continue reading