The A(TG)C of You and Me

Should we all be sequencing our own genomes? It’s often said that “it’s what’s inside that counts”. From a medic’s point of view, past the external stigmata of disease, this is widely true. For a geneticist it is sacred. Genomes constitute an entire instruction manual for building an organism. They contain hidden heirlooms from our […]

Part 2: Footing the Bill

Beauty clearly doesn’t come cheap. In order to “get their PIPs out”, in the words of one Harley Street protester last weekend, an estimated £150m will need to be found in the UK alone. So, with the country’s largest cosmetic surgery group claiming that this is a price it just can’t afford to pay, I’ve […]

Part 1: Treading the Line

The recent alarm over use of sub-standard breast implants has exposed serious flaws in the European health regulatory system. But leaders must ensure that they strike a balance between managing risk and stifling innovation in coming up with a better model. Nearly two years ago, in March 2010, the French health regulatory authorities conducted a […]