Policy

Genomic data can have a significant effect on other areas of society. Insurance premiums, familial impact, identification. As we enter the genomic era, policy will need to reflect these new considerations.

Oxford Nanopore Comments on Illumina-Pacific Biosciences Merger

The ongoing debate over the Illumina-Pacific Biosciences merger has come to a head with their competitor Oxford Nanopore rejecting the revised remedies. In documents filed with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and published online Oxford Nanopore comments on Illumina’s offer and what could be done to restore the market balance.

Jennifer Doudna Comments on CRISPRs Unwanted Anniversary

One year on from the birth of world’s first CRISPR-edited babies in China, Jennifer Doudna, writes in Science what this and the ensuing controversy has meant for the field and society’s perception of the technology, as well as to outline what should be done next.

Research Highlights from the Genomics England Conference

We earlier highlighted the most important takeaways from the Genomics England Research Conference, including how the UK will work to build on its status as a world leader in genomics. We also wanted to put a spotlight on the exciting research that is using the data from the 100,000 Genomes Project. Here are Front Line […]

Health Education England Present New Competency Framework for Genomic Testing

New competency framework for genomic testing The Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has developed a cross-professional framework to support clinicians facilitating genomic testing With the roll-out of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service, patients across England gain equity of access to genomic testing for the first time, including whole genome sequencing for certain rare diseases and cancers. […]

Is There Really a Gene Drain in Deprived Areas of the UK?

A controversial study has claimed that genes associated with higher educational achievement are more prevalent in wealthier areas of the UK, apparently resulting in a ‘gene drain’ in more deprived areas of the UK. The study suggests that genetic-based social stratification is taking place, as it concludes that people with genetic traits linked to educational […]

Environmental Genomics: A Growing Market

Metagenomics, or environmental genomics, is the study of genetic material recovered from the natural environment. Increased environmental pollution is expected to drive the metagenomics market, as tools to enable the rapid spread of chemicals through ecosystems become essential for environmental monitoring.   Environmental Genomics As microorganisms are responsible for degradation of environmental pollutants, their DNA […]

The Genetics of Suicidal Behaviour

Suicide is UK’s leading, and silent, cause of death for young people aged 20-34 years. Rona Strawbridge, UKRI Innovation, has used the population genomic data from the UK Biobank in an effort to find the genetic association of psychological condition phenotypes such as depression.  She will be discussing her work at the upcoming Festival of Genomics. […]

Trump Administration to Expand DNA Collection at Border

The Trump Administration will expand the DNA of collection of migrants who attempt to illegally enter the USA and hold their information in a criminal database operated by the FBI. The Department of Homeland Security is planning to implement a programme that will allow border officials to collect DNA samples from apprehended migrants. This follows […]

169 Million Patients have their Data Compromised in Hospital Cyber-Attacks

A study has identified the types of sensitive patient data that get stolen during hospital data breaches, raising serious concerns about patient privacy. The study analysed 1,461 hospital data breaches that took place in the USA between October 2009 and July 2019 and estimated that 169 million patients had their personal data compromised in this […]

Babies Born by Caesarean have Different Microbiomes

Babies born by caesarean section have different gut bacteria, or microbiome, compositions to babies born vaginally, new research shows. The Microbiome is Essential to Childhood Health The gut microbiome is the ecosystem of bacteria resident in our gut. Recent research has only scratched the surface on uncovering the instrumental role the microbiome plays in our […]

Patients Cite ‘Bad Luck’ as Third Biggest Cancer Cause

Australian cancer patients cited ‘bad luck’ or ‘fate’ as the third most common cause of their cancer, a new study has shown. The research raises worrying implications about public understanding of the disease. Cancer is caused by genetic changes that allow cells to grow and divide out of control. These genetic changes can be initiated […]

HDRUK to Launch Seven New Data Research Hubs

Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) is launching pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients  Seven new data hubs to be rolled out across the UK to speed up research for new medicines, treatments, and technologies that support quicker diagnoses and save lives  The hubs will use the latest […]

Bacteria Can Become Resistant Even Without Antibiotic Use

Governments around the world are trying to heavily restrict antibiotic use in the hope that this will prevent the development of resistance which renders many medical treatments useless. However, new research demonstrates that bacterial resistance can spread regardless. Darwin’s theory of evolution tells us that if the selection pressure of antibiotics is applied to a […]

UK Government Launches World’s Largest Genetics Project to Tackle Deadly Diseases

A new ground-breaking project in the fight against life-threatening illnesses has launched today. The £200 million whole genome sequencing project is being created, forming a partnership of pharmaceutical firms and health experts which will examine and sequence the genetic code of 500,000 volunteers at the UK Biobank, based in Stockport. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: […]

Outbreak Proximity Sways Anti-Vaxxers

There has been a recent rise in measles outbreaks worldwide, despite it being an entirely preventable disease with an effective vaccination. Countries including the UK and Greece were recently stripped of their measles free status by the World Health Organisation for their failure to contain the outbreaks. The growing suspicion around the safety of vaccines […]