Testing

Direct to consumer testing can potentially be quite dangerous without appropriate regulations and support to fully understand the implications of the information a consumer receives.

Future Medical Tests Could Use Bits of RNA

Scientists have devised an improved method for isolating and identifying tiny fragments of RNA in human blood products. The achievement could lead to powerful new ways to diagnose and track a wide range of medical conditions, say the researchers.

Blood Test to Predict Pregnant Women’s Due Date

A new blood test for pregnant women detects with 75-80% accuracy whether their pregnancies will end in premature birth. The technique can also be used to estimate a fetus’ gestational age — or the mother’s due date — as reliably as and less expensively than ultrasound.

Weekend Reads

British science after Brexit — can they have their cake and eat it, too? And genetic counsellors, are they actually struggling to keep up with genetic testing?

Weekend Reads

This week’s talking points were how we’re all mosaics, the ‘Jolie Effect’ on breast cancer and that China is taking the lead in genetic testing.