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Media Monitoring: 17th – 23rd September

By September 23, 2022No Comments

WHO launches guide to safely unlock benefits of the life sciences

  • WHO issued the Global guidance framework for the responsible use of the life sciences
  • Framework calls on leaders and other stakeholders to mitigate biorisks and safely govern dual-use research, which has a clear benefit but can be misused to harm humans, other animals, agriculture and the environment.
  • This is the first global, technical and normative framework for informing the development of national frameworks and approaches for mitigating biorisks and governing dual-use research


Labour MP Rosie Cooper quits Parliament for NHS role

  • West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is leaving Parliament to become chairman of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • It is expected that there will be a by-election this autumn
  • Cooper, an avid health campaigner in Parliament, cited a foiled murder plot against her as one of the key reasons for her departure


£19 million to investigate bold ideas in bioscience research

  • Five world-class teams are set to receive over £19 million from BBSRC to support adventurous research aimed at tackling fundamental questions in bioscience
  • The projects include analysis of multi-layered bacterial genome defences, which is a key driver of AMR
  • Each of these teams, involving 39 investigators from 16 research organisations, will look to advance the frontiers of bioscience knowledge by exploring bold and exciting questions at the forefront of contemporary bioscience


UK mulling over joining new European “club of nations”

  • While the UK may have left the EU, the Government are considering whether to join the new “European Political Community” next month, which has been championed by French President Emmanuel Macron
  • PM Liz Truss is waiting for more detail before committing to the project
  • The new project would provide a new European forum beyond the EU and would include non-EU countries in the geopolitical sphere, such as Western Balkan nations as well as Iceland, Ukraine and Turkey
  • While discussions about the crisis in Ukraine will be of immediate concern, it is not known what form the project will take in future


New genetic study establishes why aggressive breast and ovarian cancer affect some women

  • The study reported that epigenetic gene silencing in regular tissue was a predictive factor for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) as well as high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC)
  • The breast cancer type-1 gene (BRCA1) is known to be the gene which most commonly mutates among families with inherited breast and ovarian cancer
  • The study also found women with the BRCA1 gene mutations have a 2.5x higher risk of TNBC and a nearly two-fold increased risk of HGSOC 


Reform releases new paper, “Reimagining Health”



Natalie Creaney