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THE $1000 HUMAN GENOME SEQUENCE: What does it really mean?


The Centre's Mona Saleh speaks on 2SER Radio

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Kissing Cousins: SBS Insight Program

On Tuesday 29th October, SBS TV’s Insight program discussed the risks and stigma associated with sexual relationships between biological relatives such as first cousins. This is known as consanguinity.

SBS Insight

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Consanguinity is an accepted and important cultural practice in many parts of the world. When a couple are related biologically and plan on having children, there is an increased risk of having a child with a genetic condition. This risk varies depending on many factors and therefore it is important to access the correct information.

Fact sheet 16 gives detailed information about consanguinity


Heart of the Matter (Parts 1 and 2): ABC Catalyst Program

On Thursday 24th and 31st October, ABC TV’s Catalyst program discussed the issue of saturated fat in our diet, high cholesterol, heart disease and medications called statins. The program brought together a small number of people who believed that the association between saturated fat in the diet leading to high cholesterol and causing heart disease was not proven. This has stimulated great debate in the community with many experts challenging these ideas.

Catalyst; Heart of the matter

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Importantly, there was agreement from both sides of the debate that people with the genetic condition of high cholesterol, called Familial hypercholesterolaemia, should be treated with statins if they are the appropriate age and condition, since their risk of heart disease is higher than average.

Familial hypercholesterolaemia (also know as FH) is an inherited condition that reduces the removal of cholesterol from the blood. This causes high cholesterol levels and early heart disease in some families. It affects about 1 in every 500 Australians.  In families with this condition, around half of the family members will have it and be at increased risk of early heart disease.

Fact sheet 53 gives detailed information about familial hypercholesterolaemia
Last updated: Apr 01, 2014