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Mapping mutations in breast cancer – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 3rd, 2016.

An international team of researchers have produced the most comprehensive map to date of the genetic changes leading to breast cancer, publishing their results today in the journals Nature and Nature Communications. The researchers sequenced the DNA of tumours and normal tissue from 560 breast cancer patients to identify mutations in 93 genes, moving us […]

‘Designer babies’ patent – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 4th, 2013.

A patent on a method which allows prospective parents to pick and choose their children’s traits prior to undergoing fertility treatment has alarmed many ethicists and genetics researchers. The patent, granted to the direct-to-consumer genetics company 23andMe last week, lays claim to a broad genetic analysis tool for allowing parents to select for specific traits in their […]

PHARMAC funds genetically-targeted Hep C drug

John Kerr posted in on August 22nd, 2013.

PHARMAC has announced it will fund a new hepatitis C drug targeted to patients who carry a particular gene variant, highlighting the rise of personalised medicine. The government drug buying agency will begin funding boceprevir (Victrelis) from next month for certain patients for the treatment of hepatitis C in combination with other drugs. The treatment […]

Genomic data and society

John Kerr posted in on November 14th, 2012.

The Science Media Centre’s recent briefing on ‘unravelleing your genome‘ has resulted in several media stories highlighting some of the issues raised by the speakers. With the cost of sequencing your entire genome having fallen dramatically over the last decade, society is about to be confronted by a number of issues relating to the information […]

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BRIEFING: Unravelling your genome

John Kerr posted in on November 14th, 2012.

Your genome – the billions of bits of DNA code that make up the instructions needed to make you who you are – is not quite the mystery it once was. The technology required to sequence your genome is now more accessible than ever. Already companies are offering sequencing services for private citizens. But what can […]

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New Research: Heart attack deaths tied to defective gene

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 29th, 2008.

University of Otago Christchurch scientists have identified a genetic defect in male patients that nearly doubles the risk of death after heart attack. Men with a variant of the ACE2 gene — already associated with high blood pressure — have a significantly lower survival rates from heart disease, the three-year study has found.  In future, […]

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