Monthly Archives: March 2010

New human ancestor found through DNA analysis

A new species of ancient human has been found in a cave in southern Siberia. Through DNA analysis on a fossilised finger scientists believed the woman named X-woman lived along side our ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. The … Continue reading

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New omega-3 preparation – clinical trial for inherited bowel cancer

A new preparation of an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid found naturally in fish, offers hope for thousands of patients at risk of developing an inherited form of bowel cancer, a new study shows. A team of investigators, led by Professor … Continue reading

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Telling Stories, Understanding Real Life Genetics – just what the doctor ordered!

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, the UK Government’s principal medical adviser and the professional head of all medical staff in England, has stressed the need for more awareness and understanding of rare diseases in the ‘rare … Continue reading

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A top twitter!

Last week I read an interesting tweet highlighting the significance of family history and health, and how our understanding of genome sequencing will potentially influence and inform health care in the future. Ian Sample, Science correspondent for the Guardian, reported … Continue reading

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IVF doctors to raffle human egg

The Sunday Times Lois Rogers reports that a FERTILITY clinic is raffling a human egg in London to promote its new “baby profiling” service, which circumvents British IVF (in vitro fertilisation) laws. The winner will be able to pick the … Continue reading


GAMY and GPU girls visit the Senedd for Beacon for Wales showcase event

Members of the Genetics and Merthyr Youth – GAMY project and the Genomics Policy Unit (GPU) attended the Beacon for Wales showcase event in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay yesterday afternoon. The Beacon for Wales is a partnership between University … Continue reading

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Gene test aid to cancer treatment

The BBC website reports that scientists have developed a gene test which predicts how well chemotherapy will work in cancer patients. Starting with 829 genes in breast cancer cells, the team whittled down the possibilities to six genes which had … Continue reading

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