Monthly Archives: February 2010

Fit for practice – in the Genomics Era?

When the competence-based genetics education framework for nurses and midwives (Fit for Practice in the Genetics Era) was launched in 2004, we said then that it should be reviewed in 5 years or so. Last Thursday (February 25th) at Birmingham, … Continue reading

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Rare disease day marked by reception at Welsh Assembly this evening

February 28th is Rare Disease Day and to mark the event, the Welsh Assembly is hosting a reception this evening at the Senedd. So far, between 6000 – 8000 rare diseases have been identified, affecting around 1 in 17 people … Continue reading

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Breast cancer, genes and deprivation

Netdoctor News Scottish scientists have discovered a link between deprivation and a gene involved in breast cancer. The finding, which is published in the British Journal of Cancer, may help to explain why women from deprived backgrounds are less likely … Continue reading

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Scientists move closer to personalised bowel cancer treatment

UK scientists have identified genetic ‘hotspots’ that could help doctors to tailor bowel cancer treatment to suit individual patients. A team at the University of Dundee calculated that one in three people with the disease have gene faults that mean … Continue reading


ESHG Fellowships available for ESGM Spring Courses

The European Society of Human Genetics offers fellowships for next Spring Courses. If you wish to apply for a fellowship, please send your request together with your CV and a reference letter to the following e-mail address: Please quote … Continue reading

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Another published paper from GPU members

Yu J (2009) Young people of Chinese origin in western countries: a systematic review of their sexual attitudes and behaviour. Health & Social Care in the Community, 18(2):117-128. Juping is very pleased that one of her papers has just been … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Verity Leach on her first paper

Verity Leach is a PhD student at the Genomics Policy Unit. Her first paper entitled “Gender Differences in Attitudes towards Genetic Testing, Risk Interpretation and Genetic Testing Concerns” has just been published in the Journal of Young Investigators. The paper … Continue reading