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Final twist to tale of Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells helped the fight against cancer

Final twist to tale of Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells helped the fight against cancer | public health genomics | Scoop.it
Scientists recant in ethics row over publishing DNA genome of research's unwitting heroine
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What Would Your GC Do?

What Would Your GC Do? | public health genomics | Scoop.it
It happened many years ago, but Erynn Gordon remembers clearly when the 25-year-old mother she was counseling said she was going to have a hysterectomy. …
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2013 News Release: NIH program explores the use of genomic sequencing in newborn healthcare

2013 News Release: NIH program explores the use of genomic sequencing in newborn healthcare | public health genomics | Scoop.it
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New ANU centre to research Indigenous genetic information

New ANU centre to research Indigenous genetic information | public health genomics | Scoop.it
A new Indigenous centre focusing on genetics and health has opened at the ANU in Canberra.
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We're Already Designing Babies

We're Already Designing Babies | public health genomics | Scoop.it
Even today, parents are selecting for the traits they want in their offspring. But how far should the genetic tailoring go?
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B.C. researchers lead study of non-invasive prenatal genetic test

B.C. researchers lead study of non-invasive prenatal genetic test | public health genomics | Scoop.it
B.C. researchers are leading a national study that could overhaul prenatal care for Canadian women by making a sophisticated but expensive new prenatal genetic test part of routine care. UBC medical genetics professor Dr. Sylvie Langlois is a co-lead investigator in a $10-million Genome Canada study that aims to prove the effectiveness of non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPTs) and determine if they should be publicly funded.
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Babies will be genetically sequenced from birth within our lifetime, claims expert - Telegraph

Babies will be genetically sequenced from birth within our lifetime, claims expert  - Telegraph | public health genomics | Scoop.it
Prof Anne Bowcock from Imperial College claims babies will be screened from birth in the future to pick up a range of diseases, but the process will have to clear many ethical hurdles first
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Most Canadians support screening newborns for specific genetic conditions, sequencing genomes | U of T News

Most Canadians support screening newborns for specific genetic conditions, sequencing genomes | U of T News | public health genomics | Scoop.it
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NIH program explores the use of genomic sequencing in newborn healthcare

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Genomics vs genetics How are they different

Genomics vs genetics How are they different | public health genomics | Scoop.it
This overview offers a simple guide for explaining to patients the difference between the terms, the tests, and what the results may mean.
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Is the UK being too hasty over three-parent babies? - opinion - 03 June 2014 - New Scientist

Is the UK being too hasty over three-parent babies? - opinion - 03 June 2014 - New Scientist | public health genomics | Scoop.it
The rush to permit controversial methods to avoid mitochondrial disease in babies raises questions, say bioethicists Donna Dickenson and Marcy Darnovsky
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Are We Prepared for the Hard Choices That Prenatal Genetic Tests Could Force on Expectant Parents? | MIT Technology Review

Are We Prepared for the Hard Choices That Prenatal Genetic Tests Could Force on Expectant Parents? | MIT Technology Review | public health genomics | Scoop.it
Are we prepared to know the genetic flaws of the unborn?
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel | public health genomics | Scoop.it
After its contributions to science, the HeLa cells may help create laws to protect the privacy of the family of Henrietta Lacks — and yours.
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'Digital baby' screen for sperm donors: System simulates 10,000 hypothetical children for each couple

'Digital baby' screen for sperm donors: System simulates 10,000 hypothetical children for each couple | public health genomics | Scoop.it
A service that digitally weaves together the DNA of prospective parents to check for potential disease in thousands of "virtual babies" is set to launch in the US by December.

 

New York start-up Genepeeks will initially focus on donor sperm, simulating before pregnancy how the genetic sequence of a female client might combine with those of different males.

 

Donors that more often produce "digital children" with a higher risk of inherited disorders will be filtered out, leaving those who are better genetic matches.

 

Everything happens in a computer, but experts have raised ethical questions. "We are just in the business right now of giving prospective mothers, who are using donor sperm to conceive, a filtered catalogue of donors based on their own underlying genetic profile," Genepeeks co-founder Anne Morriss told BBC News.

 

"We are filtering out the donor matches with an elevated risk of rare recessive paediatric conditions." Ms. Morriss, an entrepreneur, gave a presentation on the company at the Consumer Genetics Conference in Boston last week.

 

She was motivated in part by her own experience of starting a family. Her son was conceived with a sperm donor who happened to share with Morriss the gene for an inherited disorder called MCADD.  MCADD (medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency) prevents those affected from converting fats to sugar. MCADD can be fatal if it is not diagnosed early. Luckily, in Ms Morriss's case, the condition was picked up in newborn screening tests.

 

"My son has a pretty normal life," Ms Morriss said, "but about 30% of children with rare genetic diseases don't make it past the age of five."

Genepeeks has formalised a partnership with a sperm bank - the Manhattan Cryobank - and has a patent pending on the DNA screening technology.

 

The start-up benefits from the rapid pace of change in genetic technology. Indeed, six months ago, Genepeeks' founders decided it was able to use a superior system for DNA analysis (called "targeted exon sequencing") than the one originally envisaged - a result, says Anne Morriss, of falling costs and increased flexibility.

 

For couples planning babies, other companies already screen one or both partners for genes that could cause disease if combined with a similar variant - so-called "carrier screening".


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Clinical Application of Whole-Genome Sequencing

Clinical Application of Whole-Genome Sequencing | public health genomics | Scoop.it
Opinion from JAMA — Clinical Application of Whole-Genome Sequencing — Proceed With Care
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Genome Sequencing For Babies Brings Knowledge And Conflicts

Genome Sequencing For Babies Brings Knowledge And Conflicts | public health genomics | Scoop.it
Technology now exists that makes it possible for doctors to decipher the entire genetic code of a newborn. Should it be done? What about fetuses in the womb? That's now a possibility, and it's stirring intense debate.
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Therapy: This Time It's Personal

Therapy: This Time It's Personal | public health genomics | Scoop.it
Tailoring cancer treatment to individual and evolving tumours is the way of the future, but scientists are still hashing out the details
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The Brave New World of Three-Parent I.V.F.

The Brave New World of Three-Parent I.V.F. | public health genomics | Scoop.it
A new treatment could sidestep certain hereditary diseases by altering the genetic makeup of the egg. Is there anything wrong with that?
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What Fetal Genome Screening Could Mean for Babies and Parents

What Fetal Genome Screening Could Mean for Babies and Parents | public health genomics | Scoop.it
A noninvasive screening method could provide expectant parents with unprecedented and comprehensive fetal genetic data, but it also presents new ethical quandaries
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The Path to Reading a Newborn’s DNA Map

The Path to Reading a Newborn’s DNA Map | public health genomics | Scoop.it
As technology becomes more sophisticated, genomic sequencing will inevitably expand into the world of newborns. The process has both medical and ethical implications.
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Scientists to sequence genomes of hundreds of newborns : Nature News Blog

Scientists to sequence genomes of hundreds of newborns : Nature News Blog | public health genomics | Scoop.it
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Will Genome Sequencing Make Us Smarter About Dealing With Diseases in Our Genes—Or Just More Anxious?

Will Genome Sequencing Make Us Smarter About Dealing With Diseases in Our Genes—Or Just More Anxious? | public health genomics | Scoop.it
Doctors could use our genetic map to pinpoint the best treatment for our diseases. But how much do we want to know about what's lurking in our DNA?
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PHG Foundation | Australian funding underpins genomic and personalised medicine

PHG Foundation | Australian funding underpins genomic and personalised medicine | public health genomics | Scoop.it
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