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Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy has sparked a series of reports about preventative surgery. Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy has sparked a series of reports about preventative surgery. PA/Alastair Grant

Greater access to genetic testing in NHS will help cancer fight

Following Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie’s revelation last week that she’d undergone a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, it has emerged that a 53-year-old man had his prostate removed after…
Variomics sifts through the complex interplay of 20,000 genes, their variants, environmental influences and epigenetic factors. Variomics sifts through the complex interplay of 20,000 genes, their variants, environmental influences and epigenetic factors. -sel/Flickr

Variomics seeks to understand what makes us unique

Announcing the completion of the first draft of the human genome in 2000, then-US president Bill Clinton spelt out what this monumental achievement would mean for humankind, “With this profound new knowledge…
Researchers have found that rare mutations in XRCC2 increase the risk of breast cancer. Researchers have found that rare mutations in XRCC2 increase the risk of breast cancer. Robert S Donovan

Revealed: another piece of the breast cancer gene puzzle

You’ve probably heard of BRCA1 and BRCA2 – the genes that, when mutated, markedly increase the risk of developing breast cancer. We’ve also known for a while that a handful of other genes also increase…
A positive result from predictive genetic testing can give rise to mental health issues, such as depression and suicide. A positive result from predictive genetic testing can give rise to mental health issues, such as depression and suicide. pedro veneroso/Flickr

A little bit of knowledge: the perils of genetic tests for Alzheimer’s disease

Genetic mutations are the cause of many incurable diseases and we now have tests to predict the likelihood of people developing inherited diseases. But predictive genetic tests for neurodegenerative diseases…

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