May 2012

1 May 2012

Top stories this month

Registration has opened for two exciting, low-cost PHG Foundation events in Cambridge on 4th December 2012; join us to examine the future of genomics in healthcare.

Opinion: A new genetic architecture for disease

Dr Philippa Brice queries whether genetic insights will change our current understanding of disease classification.

Breast cancer genetics

Ground-breaking new research suggests that breast cancer may in fact fall into ten genetically different sub-groups, requiring new treatment approaches, whilst a blood test could inform genetic risk of developing breast cancer and aid prevention.

Genomic medicine

Personalised genomics has hit the headlines with the launch of a new iPad app from Illumina; we highlight projects and funding to drive clinical applications of genome sequencing; and concerns over genome data privacy appear to be relaxing.

Molecular genetics

Researchers have created new synthetic genetic material using engineered enzymes, and found a method to distinguish between different epigenetic modifications.

Education and resources

The PHG Foundation has released six new topics in their free birth defects toolkit for health professionals, and the first UK School for Public Health research has launched. The government have recruited Wikipedia’s co-founder to advise on implementing free access to UK research, while the Wellcome Trust have announced plans for a major new open access journal.

Genetics and risk

New studies appear to confirm the role of sun exposure in risk of melanoma, and to suggest that genes affecting obesity may be influenced by the amount of sleep we get. A new genetic screening test for embryos could improve IVF conception rates and reduce early pregnancy losses.

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