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

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 2:15 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

First patients diagnosed through the 100,000 Genomes Project

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 4:50 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Raising our hands to support Rare Diseases!

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

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

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 9:38 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Mitochondrial disease – so what are the next steps?

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 4:59 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Cancer Genomes – Is sequencing or functional analysis the way forward?

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 11:21 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

An interesting article in this weeks Nature News looks at the completion of the multi-million dollar Cancer Genome Atlas project and considers which direction future work might take. With nearly 10 million cancer-related mutations identified, data from this project has … Continue reading

Expansion to newborn screen tests roles out across England & Wales

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:24 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

The good news for parents and babies about to be born in England and Wales is that the new born screening test has been expanded to included four additional rare metabolic conditions. Also known as the the heel prick test, … Continue reading

Dr Mary Frances Lyon 1925 – 2014

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 9:51 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

It is with sadness that I learned today of the death on 25th December 2014 of Dr Mary Lyon FRS. I had only recently written about her, as someone who had been a source of inspiration to me during my … Continue reading

Mediterranean diet keeps people ‘genetically young’

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Controversial DNA test comes to UK

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Criticism over NHS Down’s syndrome test availability

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

New USW genetics website goes live!

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

New look genetics website coming soon!

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Sigma Theta Tau International 2nd Regional European Conference, Gothenburg

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

This three day conference, from 16th-18th June, attracting around 180 delegates from 27 countries, focused on leadership, learning and research in nursing and midwifery. As a member of the conference planning committee, it was good to see how the two … Continue reading

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

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

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