If you were born in Scotland between 1965 and 2003 then, more likely than not, a sample of your blood is being stored by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. During that period blood samples taken from babies to run the heel prick test – the neonatal bloodspot, or ‘Guthrie’, test, regularly carried out on newborns to test for a number of genetic conditions – were routinely stored, indefinitely, by the NHS on a card with the baby’s name on it. This might come as a surprise, even for those whose samples are currently being stored in this way, because parents were never asked or informed about this.(more…)
All blog posts by Anna Wilkinson
Nature is important to us. Most people agree we need to take care of the natural environment and it is only the hardest of hearts that finds themselves unmoved by the beauty and complexity of the natural the world.
Caring about naturalness might be different though. (more…)
Earlier this year, science hit the headlines for the wrong reasons. A high profile piece of stem cell research, published in Nature and initially hailed as breakthrough work, attracted a different kind of attention when people started asking questions about the underlying science. (more…)
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