A reversible chemical technique can separate sperm carrying X chromosomes from sperm carrying Y chromosomes to select the offspring sex of mice. Cells from male mammals contain both an X and Y chromosome. However, sperm cells contain either an X or Y chromosome. As the female egg cell always contains an X chromosome, sperm that […]
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.
Bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotic drugs have been found throughout London, including on the underground and in hospitals, new research shows. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a serious public health issue, which make the treatment of many infections difficult. Bacteria can acquire resistance either through the selection pressure of antibiotics, or from genetic transfer between cells. […]
The Digital DNA series explores the role of large-scale genetic testing in science, industry and society. We aim to understand both the benefits and risks of this emerging technology and see what the future may hold. When Ralph Taylor registered his new business, he attempted to declare it as a disadvantaged business enterprise. Businesses headed […]
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a statement calling for a stop to germline editing in humans. This is in light of recent controversial experiments in the field which emphasized patient safety concerns. Germline editing refers to the genome editing of reproductive cells. These changes are inheritable, and the technology has the potential to […]
As it is announced that Boris Johnson will be the next UK Prime Minister, the UK government has released their genomic policies for the 2020s. The policies aim to ‘build on [the Uk’s] position as a world leader in genomics.’ From 2023-2034 the NHS aims to analyse five million genomes and fully sequence one million […]
A genomics study has revealed that a strain of malaria resistant to both drugs used for treatment has spread rapidly across Asia. Malaria causes approximately a million deaths worldwide in each year and is a serious public health issue, particularly in Asia. The widely used anti-malarial drugs dihydroartemisinin and piperaquine have been relatively effective treatments […]
The inaccuracy of a genetic test that gave false positives to patients has resulted in doctors calling for a crackdown on genetic testing. If a woman’s BCRA gene is faulty, her risk of breast and ovarian cancer is much higher than average. People with a family history of these cancers are often tested to identify […]
Patients are not being informed about changes to their genetic risk factors for cancer, a new study shows. If an individual has a family history of a type of cancer, they can get a genetic test to identify their own cancer risk. Identifying a genetic risk means that person can get regular check-ups and be […]
The French Healthcare Minister has announced that the government will stop the funding of homeopathic remedies by 2021. It is estimated that the policy will save €127 million ($142.30 million). Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice based on the philosophy that ‘like cures like.’ For example, if an ill person is displaying certain symptoms then […]
From September 2019 boys in England will be offered the HPV vaccine free on the NHS to reduce the spread of HPV related cancers. England will join Scotland and Australia in making the vaccine available to both genders to extend its successful immunisation programme. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes the majority of cervical cancers cases in […]
LGBT+ STEM Day – An Interview with Tom Welton, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London
In honour of LGBT+ STEM day we talked to Professor Tom Welton, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London and the President-Elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He shares his thoughts on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and how attitudes have changed towards LGBT+ people. FLG: What Issues Do […]
Questions around legality, protecting privacy and ensuring quality of data in DNA sequencing all need answering, a symposium recently held at the University of Minnesota has announced. LawSeq, a $2 million project looking to solve the issue of privacy and legality in sequencing, is exploring how to ensure the legal world catches up with current science.
The introduction of multi-omic research, the advancement of AI and machine learning to improve nearly every aspect of sequencing and data analysis, are just some of the big changes that will only become more prevalent in the future. We spoke to Angela Douglas MBE, Scientific Director of Genetics Laboratories at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, for her opinions on the changing nature of genomics and the trends to watch out for.
Multinational biopharmaceutical company UCB has agreed to invest £1 billion in UK research and development (R&D), the government has announced in its latest Life Sciences Sector Deal. In the deal, £75 million will be invested into the development of new AI driven diagnostic tests while £50 million will be invested in digital pathology programmes and £37.5 million into regional digital innovation hubs.