Ireland remains one of the few countries without a national public genomics programme. Image: iStock

This week, the inadequate ethical and regulatory structures under which Ireland permits DNA research has been exposed yet again, raising persistent qu(...)

Beaumont Hospital has extended the deadline to opt-out of a project to harvest information on brain tumours from 9,000 Irish patients. The new deadline is September 14th. Photograph: Eric Luke

Researchers at Beaumont Hospital have extended the deadline to opt-out of a project to harvest information on brain tumours from 9,000 Irish patients,(...)

Another GMI proposal modifies consent requirements to enable the creation of a potentially commercial DNA database from up to 6,000 Irish individuals with Alzheimer’s. Photograph: iStock

Tomorrow is an important deadline. It’s the final day for Irish people who have donated brain tissue samples (or a donor’s family, if the individual i(...)

Medical cannabis is a rapidly developing area in the life sciences sector in Ireland. Photograph: iStock
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Partners preferred As life sciences become more complex and the line between IT and medicine blurs, expect more partnerships such as that of Takeda B(...)

The researchers said they would use the data to build a brain tumour information system and ‘interrogate biologic and genetic data across a range of tumour types’.  Photograph: iStock

A project to harvest information on brain tumours from 9,000 Irish patients has been rejected over concerns about patient consent and the potential sh(...)

Private DNA research, especially on national populations, remains highly controversial

The private Irish genome research company GMI, which has ambitious (and alarming) plans to gather DNA from 400,000 Irish people, is back in the news. (...)