June 2012

1 June 2012

Top stories this month

Changes have been proposed to fertility treatment regulations in the UK, as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence release new draft guidelines recommending wider eligibility for free treatment, and Nuffield Council on Bioethics conclude that donor egg treatments to prevent mitochondrial DNA disorders are ethical.

Opinion: Should results be fed back to participants in genomic studies?

Dr Nina Hallowell asks what information should be returned to research participants and when, where and how it should be communicated.

Genomic medicine

The practical and policy issues around introducing whole genome sequencing into routine medical care are examined, and promising new non-invasive genomic techniques for prenatal and cancer diagnosis are tested.

Genetic and environmental risk

Most of the genetic variation that contributes to disease is too rare to have been unearthed so far, and the relative effects of genes and environment may vary according to where you live. New genetic associations found for susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder and for the likely rate of motor decline in Parkinson’s disease.

Genome sequencing projects

Two large-scale genome projects have released interim data and findings; a publicly-funded effort to catalogue all the microbes that live in and on human beings, and a privately-funded undertaking to sequence the genomes of children with cancer.

International research policy

The Global Research Council has been set up with the intention of fostering consensus between national funding bodies on criteria for assessing and selecting worthwhile research.

PHG Foundation events

A reminder that registration is now open for our one-day conference and gala dinner taking place in December, and also for our free seminar in Cambridge coming up on 5th July.

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