March 2013

1 March 2013

Top stories this month

Updates to clinical guidelines have been in the news this month as the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence revises its guidance for NHS-funded fertility treatment, and the US issues new recommendations for the genetic testing and screening of children.

Opinion: New guidelines for genetic testing of children

PHG Foundation’s Senior Policy Advisor Alison Hall examines the new joint AAP and ACMG guidelines for the genetic testing and screening of children.

Research policy and legislation

The Australian Federal Court rules that human genes can be patented, and the White House issues a directive that all federally-funded research results must be made freely available to the public.

Research funding

The new Silicon Valley-funded Breakthrough Prize surpasses the Nobel Prize as the highest value monetary award in life sciences, the EU announces funding for research into rare diseases, the US National Cancer Institute considers a proposal to sequence 10,000 tumour genomes for each major cancer type, and funding is approved for a project exploring the genomic basis of mental disorders.

Genes, disease and medicine

A promising initial clinical trial uses RNAi therapy to treat cancer patients, genome-wide analysis shows a gene linked to obesity is also associated with risk of melanoma, and a small but highly-reported study suggests that insufficient sleep alters the activity of hundreds of genes.

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