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First patients diagnosed through the 100,000 Genomes Project

Genomics England has reported today that two families are set to benefit from ground-breaking developments in whole genome sequencing. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today meet the first patients to be diagnosed with rare disease through the 100,000 Genomes Project. … Continue reading

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Raising our hands to support Rare Diseases!

Rare Disease Day 2015 Tomorrow, February 28th, is Rare Disease day. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The campaign primarily … Continue reading

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Mediterranean diet keeps people ‘genetically young’

BBC Health news reports a study from US researchers that suggests that following a Mediterranean diet might be a recipe for a long life because it appears to keep people genetically younger. Its mix of vegetables, olive oil, fresh fish … Continue reading

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Controversial DNA test comes to UK

A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US has launched in the UK, BBC Health News reports. The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says the 23andMe spit test, which is designed to give details … Continue reading

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New USW genetics website goes live!

The new look Telling Stories Understanding Real Life Genetics has been launched today! The look and feel of the Telling Stories website is new, however the address will remain the same – www.tellingstories.nhs.uk – as will the layout of the … Continue reading

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New look genetics website coming soon!

The new look University of South Wales-based Telling Stories Understanding Real Life Genetics website is due to be launched on Monday 30th June. Whilst the appearance of the Telling Stories website has been updated, the address will remain the same … Continue reading

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Tenovus ManVan launched to support men living with, and affected by, prostate and testicular cancer in Wales

It was great to be at the launch of the Tenovus ManVan at Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil last Tuesday evening. Tenovus, in conjunction with Prostate and Men’s health charity Movember, have brought the UK’s first ManVan to the roads … Continue reading

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GM crops: UK scientists call for new trials

A new report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions. The Council for Science and Technology (CST) wants “public good” GM varieties to be grown and tested … Continue reading

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Immune upgrade gives ‘HIV shielding’

BBC health news reports today that doctors have used gene therapy to upgrade the immune system of 12 patients with HIV to help shield them from the virus’s onslaught. It raises the prospect of patients no longer needing to take … Continue reading

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Article on cancer genetics literacy amongst children published

Dr Rachel Iredale and Kim Madden, members of the Genomics Policy Unit at the University of South Wales, have published an article entitled Let’s talk about genes, and I don’t mean trousers: encouraging cancer genetics literacy amongst children. The article, published last … Continue reading

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