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Genome and gene editing
PHG Foundation have been invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee (STC) Inquiry on Genomics and Genome Editing, following their submission to the inquiry of written evidence. Philippa Brice gives a breakdown of the policy impetus needed t o harness the health benefits of genomics. In the US, the National Academies have said gene editing of human embryos that will be used for pregnancy should be permitted for medical purposes.
Harnessing the health benefits of genomics
US National Academies back embryo modification
Your DNA your say
Dr Anna Middleton talks about the international research project she is leading, which explores the ethical and moral questions around genetic research. The project, Your DNA your Say, takes the form of a film survey experience. Open to all, the survey gives people the opportunity to find out more about the ethical issues DNA and Big Data raise and to have a voice in future policy that will affect us all. The film-survey is available here www.yourdnayoursay.org
In the news, Intrabeam Radiotherapy system is recommended by NICE as a treatment for people with early breast cancer, but with emphasis on the need to continue to collect data on effectiveness and reoccurrence rates. A team from the Novo Nordisk Foundation centre for biosustainability have developed a fast and cheap method for profiling antibiotic resistant genes in the gut which could allow clinicians to prescribe a personalised antibiotic treatment.
A team from the Salk Institute have created a potentially viable pig/human hybrid embryo, and a new virtual reality app developed by Kings College Hospital aims to reduce anxiety among children who must undergo an MRI scan.
Genomics in mainstream medicine
Genomics is now important in every area of clinical medicine. Find out how genomics is relevant to different areas of medicine with these factsheets tailored to the needs of each specialty.