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# genetics - Sunday 4 October, 2020

Selling Our Genes: Government inaction allowing private sector to take control of our DNA

Hospitals and universities across Ireland are collaborating with Genuity Science due to, experts say, lack of a public project or strategy.

Selling Our Genes: UCD agreement with for-profit DNA collection company 'restrictive'

Expert familiar with such agreements cited issues with data access, exclusivity and intellectual property.

Selling Our Genes: Government needs to keep ‘our national identity’ in public ownership

Ireland still has a chance to take control of genomics research – if it follows this advice.

# genetics - Friday 12 June, 2020

Beaumont researchers change opt-out deadline for genomics study following calls by Health Minister

Concerns were raised in the Dáil because “public awareness of this significant proposal is very limited”.

# genetics - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Concerns over timing of opt-out 'publicity campaign' for genomics research

Researchers are worried that affected patients and families will not see notices for commercially linked study.

# genetics - Saturday 7 March, 2020

Opinion: 'We have to act now before our genetic code falls into private hands to be used for profit'

Solicitor Simon McGarr also explains how Genomics Medicine Ireland did not meet the informed consent requirements for a Galway study.

# genetics - Sunday 16 February, 2020

Opinion: Why has the State invested €70m in a private company to look at our genetic data?

Dr Ciara Staunton says it is “unfathomable” that the government has funded the collection of 400,000 Irish genomes, shutting them off from most researchers.

# genetics - Thursday 29 August, 2019

No single 'gay gene' exists, says scientists

Many genetic variants play a role in same-sex attraction, according to a new scientific study.

# genetics - Thursday 7 June, 2018

Irish people more prone to iron overload than European neighbours because of inter-marriage

Today is National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day as part of World Haemochromatosis Week

# genetics - Friday 2 February, 2018

UK allows doctors to make babies using DNA from three people

The technique is being used to help prevent women passing on fatal genetic diseases to their children.

# genetics - Sunday 17 December, 2017

Are Irish people really that diverse genetically? Now, we have a much better idea

A new study has given new insights into where our ancestry lies.

# genetics - Thursday 3 August, 2017

Scientists fix disease genes in human embryos for the first time

Just over 72% of the embryos ended up being free of a heart disease-causing mutation.

# genetics - Thursday 9 February, 2017

Study on ancestry of Irish Travellers details genetic connection to settled community

The research comes as the Irish State is expected to formally recognise Travellers as an ethnic group.

# genetics - Thursday 19 January, 2017

'We're flabbergasted': Wonder drug approved for 22-month-old baby with rare condition

Last night, the HSE approved a programme that could save the lives of two baby girls.

# genetics - Saturday 7 January, 2017

'If she gets another chest infection she probably won't make it, that’s the reality'

Nellie and Lara are the only two children in Ireland with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 – an extremely rare genetic condition.

# genetics - Saturday 15 October, 2016

Danish people are all really, really alike

Genetically speaking.

# genetics - Tuesday 29 December, 2015

Ireland's first farmers were far different from the Irish we know today

The DNA of two sets of remains have been analysed for the first time.

# genetics - Saturday 3 October, 2015

Chinese scientists want to sell these teensy genetically-engineered pigs as pets

However, it’s not yet known how their health will be impacted by the process.

# genetics - Sunday 7 June, 2015

Miserable all the time? Don't worry, you can explain it away with science

Just blame it on those bad genes.

# genetics - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Three-person babies could be born as early as next year

UK politicians have approved an IVF method that uses DNA from three donors.

# genetics - Monday 9 February, 2015

Woman who is 95% genetically male gives birth to twins

Her doctor said this is akin to a man delivering twins as the woman did not undergo puberty and has never had a period.

# genetics - Friday 7 November, 2014

Opinion: Legislation is urgently needed following Supreme Court ruling on surrogacy

It is a fact of life that parents will enter into arrangements of whereby a third party bears their child – so we need legislation that deals directly with surrogacy.

Leo Varadkar promises legislation on surrogacy and egg and sperm donation

The family in this case has said it is “very disappointed but every hopeful”.

# genetics - Monday 13 October, 2014

GenCell is only 3 years old but it has succumbed to a (very) wealthy American suitor

The Irish genetics firm has been sold to a multi-billion dollar US medical-technology company for a secret sum.

# genetics - Monday 5 May, 2014

From The42 The story of the Irish scientist leading a horse racing revolution Speed Gene

The story of the Irish scientist leading a horse racing revolution

A short film on Dr Emmeline Hill, the UCD geneticist who discovered the “speed gene” in horses.

# genetics - Saturday 26 April, 2014

'No limitations': Ireland's top women scientists gather to showcase their work

A free event happening in Dublin today aims to get more girls and young women interested in the field.

# genetics - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Ever heard of Alpha-1 deficiency? Here's why you might want to get tested

One in 25 people is a carrier for Alpha-1 deficiency, but it remains somewhat of a hidden disease.

# genetics - Saturday 28 December, 2013

From The42 ‘The Sports Gene’ should be top of your post-Christmas book list Book Review

‘The Sports Gene’ should be top of your post-Christmas book list

David Epstein’s work addresses the nature v nurture debate in the most balanced manner we have come across.

# genetics - Monday 28 October, 2013

Debunked: Are redheads, gingers, and strawberry blondes going extinct?

Someday in the future, that pesky MC1R could be a thing of the past, if this myth is to be believed.

# genetics - Friday 28 June, 2013

Poll: Do you agree with IVF treatment that uses genes from three parents? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with IVF treatment that uses genes from three parents?

The UK has given it a green light. What do you think of the scientific breakthrough?

# genetics - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

Sperm from anxious dads produces stress-ready children

However a study also said that a reduced reactivity to stress can lead to diseases such as anxiety and depression.

# genetics - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Hey lazybones, good news: scientists say laziness could be genetic

It’s not you, it’s your genes…

# genetics - Sunday 25 November, 2012

Early risers may have genetic advantage

Those annoying types who can get up and go early in the morning? It may be down to a genetic variation.

# genetics - Wednesday 29 August, 2012

DNA test to help identify superhorses

A genetic variant that influences gait in horses is potentially good news for breeders – but also for those researching a way to fix human spine injuries.

# genetics - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

Study shows males exposed to chronic stress have anxious daughters

Tests conducted on mice show psychiatric disorders may depend on our fathers’ experiences in their youth.

# genetics - Thursday 7 June, 2012

Unborn babies could be tested for 3500 genetic conditions

Blood and saliva samples from parents could predict thousands of genetic conditions in unborn babies.

# genetics - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

Insulting and outrageous: James Reilly slams Tony Humphreys autism comments

The Minister for Health has a 25-year-old autistic son Jamie.

# genetics - Sunday 29 January, 2012

Researchers find cancer in ancient Egyptian mummy

Researchers say the discovery in the 2,200-year-old mummy is the second oldest known case of prostate cancer.

# genetics - Monday 17 October, 2011

Column: Will GM crops save the world, or just make a lot of money?

Modified seeds are touted as the answer to a growing global population – but they come with sinister consequences, writes Kevin Downey.

# genetics - Wednesday 12 October, 2011

Scientists crack genetic code of Black Death plague

Samples obtained by drilling skeletons’ teeth show that the disease has changed little over 600 years.

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