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Researching together: from ideas to impact (CRICS seminar series on Innovation in Research Approaches)

The third monthly seminar of CRICS seminar series on Innovation in Research Approaches was held today. Professor Ruth Northway and her team gave an excellent talk on ‘Researching together: from ideas to impact’. They presented their work on innovative approaches … Continue reading

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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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Medical purposes or “purely for information”? The potential applications of non-invasive prenatal testing.

A paper by Deans et al., (2015) offers an alternative viewpoint into ethics considerations surrounding non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). NIPT has been developed to detect cell-fetal free DNA in maternal blood. NIPT is more accurate than current screening methods and … Continue reading

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Mitochondrial disease – so what are the next steps?

Last week you couldn’t move for discussion and speculation about the debate of the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations that was about to take place in the House of Commons. The media was full of ‘3 parent … 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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Criticism over NHS Down’s syndrome test availability

According to BBC new, a new screening test for Down’s syndrome is still not available across the Welsh NHS, six years after guidelines said it should be. In 2008 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said all … 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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