What does it mean to be a member of a family that is affected by a genetic disease? What is it like for a woman at risk of being a carrier of a faulty gene? These are some of the questions that concern Helen Statham, Deputy Director of the Centre for Family Research (CFR) within the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.
One of the biggest projects ever undertaken to identify genetic variants that predispose some people to certain diseases was begun in 2005, thanks to £9 million funding from the Wellcome Trust. The ground-breaking results of this study were published in June this year.
Progressive loss in accommodative power by the lens of the human eye &ndash; a condition known as presbyopia &ndash; affects almost everybody who enters middle age and interferes with their ability to focus on close objects. As we live longer and continue to pursue challenging visual activities, the demand for presbyopic correction is increasing.