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How are embryos selected during IVF cycles?

In order to be able to ‘select’ an embryo – we need to first understand IVF, as this is the process that gives rise to embryos in a laboratory setting. […]

A checklist for planning a pregnancy

In terms of love, hope, time and effort, planning a pregnancy and raising children can be the greatest investment people make. There are emotional considerations to be made. Practical logistics […]

Report: Being healthy is for the wealthy

Australians with lower incomes are dying sooner from potentially preventable diseases than their wealthier counterparts, according to our new report. Australia’s Health Tracker by Socioeconomic Status, released today, tracks health […]

The click-baiting of genetics… and how to see through the noise

On any given day, there are countless articles being published — from reporting on genetics and its implications on health conditions like autism or schizophrenia, to how-to guides on using genetics to “maximize […]

Australians can be denied life insurance based on genetic test results, and there is little protection

A parliamentary inquiry is currently underway into Australia’s life insurance industry, which has raised several issues including discrimination by insurers against people with mental health problems. In our submission to […]

Pre-pregnancy genetic checkups, ethics of editing human embryos & why black women have worse outcomes with breast cancer

How pre-pregnancy screenings work? And should potential parents consider it?   Pre-pregnancy genetic screenings are a check up for your genes to see if you (or your partner) are carrying any […]

Editing human embryos with CRISPR is moving ahead – now’s the time to work out the ethics

The announcement by researchers in Portland, Oregon that they’ve successfully modified the genetic material of a human embryo took some people by surprise. With headlines referring to “groundbreaking” research and […]

Pregnancy myths from the 1600s, the first US attempt to genetically modify a human embryo, the complexity in our genes and more..

For the next someone mentions your biological clock Looking at you, mom. First give them your best side eye. Then send them this. Takeaway: The myth of “fertility dropping off a […]

Explainer: what is pre-pregnancy carrier screening and should potential parents consider it?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently recommended obstetricians, gynaecologists and other related health care providers offer pre-pregnancy carrier screening for genetic diseases to all patients. Pre-pregnancy carrier screening […]

Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person”

I have a story to tell you, but I’m afraid I’m a less than perfect narrator because there are crevasses in my mind that I fall through whenever I try […]

The uncertain future of genetic testing

AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with a more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with […]

Even though genetic information is available, doctors may be ignoring important clinical clues

With the availability of home genetic testing kits from companies such as “23andMe” and “Ancestry DNA,” more people will be getting information about their genetic lineage and what races and […]

Gifs on DNA, genetics of depression, and the grossly untrue (and hilarious) claims people make in the name of genetics

Scientists put a GIF into the DNA of a living bacteria using CRISPR, a fancy new gene editing technique… (Read more)     Figuring out the genetics of depression Depression is the […]

Doctors don’t like to talk about race & parents would like blue-eyed kids.

Doctors are human too. Talking about race makes doctors as uncomfortable as the rest of us. While medical professionals have generally accepted that race and ethnicity can play a role in disease […]

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