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Breast cancer ‘personal drugs’ hope after gene study

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

According to BBC news today, “personalised” treatments for breast cancer are a step closer, according to research scientists at Cardiff University. The scientists used gene technology to compare and contrast specific genetic errors in particular types of mouse breast cells. … Continue reading

Evaluation of the British Heart Foundation Cardiac Genetics Nurses Service Development Initiative

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

The GPU has undertaken an independent evaluation of an BHF initiative to enhance the care and services delivered to patients and their families with or at risk of an inherited cardiovascular condition (ICC), through funding nine BHF Cardiac Genetics Nurse … Continue reading

GM crops: UK scientists call for new trials

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Immune upgrade gives ‘HIV shielding’

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:37 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Article on cancer genetics literacy amongst children published

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

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

Welsh Government to launch consultation on plan for Rare Diseases on Rare Disease day 2014!

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

To coincide with Rare Disease Day 2014 the Welsh Government has today launched a consultation on a welsh implementation plan for rare diseases. This follows the publication by the Department of Health, in conjunction with the Health Ministers from all … Continue reading

Consultation on mitochondrial donation published by Department of Health

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

The Department of Health has published a consultation on draft regulations regarding mitochondrial donation. The consultation seeks the views of stakeholders and the wider public about draft regulations to allow newly developed treatment techniques to prevent the transfer of a … Continue reading

DNA prostate test ‘will predict deadliest cancer risk’

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

BBC health news reports that DNA testing can predict which men face the highest risk of deadly prostate cancer. A team of scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research, in London, say men could soon be offered genetic screening in … Continue reading

Computers select personal medicine

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

BBC health news reports UK-US scientists have given one glimpse of the future of personalised medicine. Using supercomputers, they simulated the shape of a key protein involved in HIV infection in an individual patient and then ranked the drug molecules … Continue reading

Reception held at Senedd to mark Rare Disease Day 2014

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

A reception was held at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay last night to mark Rare Disease Day 2014 in Wales. The event was hosted by Rebecca Evans AM, and attended by a range of stakeholders including service-users and their families … Continue reading

Wales marks Rare Disease Day 2014

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM by Genomics Policy RSS

Rare Disease UK will be holding a reception in Wales this evening to mark Rare Disease Day 2014. The event, which will be attended by representatives from the Genomics Policy Unit, University of South Wales, will be held at the Senedd in Cardiff … Continue reading

Technology is helping to give genetic disorders a name

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

BBC health news reports on one family’s experiences of living with an undiagnosed genetic condition, and how the Deciphering Development Disorders study is aiming to find out if using new genetic technologies can help doctors understand why patients get developmental … Continue reading

Stress gene linked to heart attacks

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

BBC health news reports today that a stress gene has been linked to having a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease. Heart patients with the genetic change had a 38% increased risk of heart attack or … Continue reading

Final article in genetics/genomics in nursing series published in Nursing Standard

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

The ninth and final article in a weekly series about the revised genetics/genomics competency framework for nurses has been published in the current edition of the journal Nursing Standard. The focus of the article is on the role of the nurse … Continue reading

Seventh and eighth articles in genetics/genomics in nursing series published in Nursing Standard

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM by Genomics Policy RSS

The seventh and eighth articles in a weekly series about the revised genetics/genomics competency framework for nurses have been published in the last two editions of the journal Nursing Standard respectively. The focus of the seventh article is on identifying the nurse’s … Continue reading