21. November 2014 01:26
Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO ofIntegenX, at his company's headquarters in Pleasanton, California, to see its signature product: a machine the size of a large desktop printer that can unravel your genetic code in the time it takes to watch a movie.
Schueren grabbed a cotton swab and dropped ... [More]
20. November 2014 01:21
Even a decade ago, the idea of genetic discrimination sounded like science fiction. Today, it’s a reality Canadian law could soon address.
It is increasingly easy to have your personal genome sequenced and analyzed for genetic markers. There are now relatively simple tests that can determine if an individual is likely to develop Alzheimer’s, certain kinds of cancer, or inherited conditions like sickle cell anemia or cystic fibrosis. That kind of information coul... [More]
20. November 2014 01:19
Britain is to share its DNA data with European police forces next year in a move that threatens to reignite concerns of eurosceptics over EU justice and policing measures.
The compromise agreement brokered in Brussels covers a European data co-operation scheme that Britain is formally leaving and is not part of the EU police and justice measures the House of Commons voted on Monday to rejoin.
Britain’s concession involves providing limited access to the... [More]
19. November 2014 01:50
The Nafkes of Apex have two healthy daughters, and their girls are among the millions of children already screened.
Both of their results came back perfectly normal.
But it's what the government is doing with your child's DNA after the children are screened for diseases that is raising ethical concerns.
“I thought they were using it to check to see if she had any newborn illnesses that can be detected through this blood test,” said Melissa Nafke, a mother of tw... [More]
18. November 2014 00:03
Will woolly mammoths stride the Siberian plains once again? DNA samples from an exceptionally well preserved extinct Mammuthus, found in the snowy wastes of Siberia, have raised the prospect of cloning.
But scientists are divided about raising the species from the dead, 10,000 years after becoming extinct.
Russian scientists were amazed at the condition of the mammoth, found embedded in a chunk of ice on a remote Siberian island. The samples were so well preserved that fresh blood was found ... [More]
17. November 2014 23:59
This year 67 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day — 14 of those women will die every day, according the latest statistics from the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
It’s a harsh reality for so many women in Canada and Teresa Quick is a prime example of that statistic.
The Toronto woman lives with the fear of getting cancer one day.
Both Teresa’s mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 34 and then ovarian cancer at the... [More]
17. November 2014 23:54
In the fall of 1999, a young chemical engineer named Todd Zion left his job at Eastman Kodak to enroll in the Ph.D. program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While looking for a subject to research, Zion noticed a grant proposal, never funded, that another graduate student had written on the subject of drug delivery. One possibility mentioned in the proposal was the development of a kind of insulin that would automatically respond to changes in blood-sugar levels, becoming ... [More]
13. November 2014 22:35
How do some people live past 110 years old? Is it superior genes, clean living, good luck or some combination of those?Scientists studying these "supercentenarians" said on Wednesday they sequenced the genomes of 17 people ages 110 to 116 to try to determine whether they possess genetic traits that may account for their membership in this exclusive club that worldwide includes only about 75 individuals, nearly all women."This marks the beginning of the search for key genes for extreme ... [More]
13. November 2014 22:16
Many American doctors may not support genetic testing in patients without a major family history of certain illnesses, suggests a new survey of physicians.
When presented with the hypothetical case of a middle-aged man with a family history of cancer in an aunt and uncle, more than a third of 180 U.S. doctors surveyed said they wouldn't recommend any genetic testing. Almost half would only recommend testing for cancer genes, and fewer than one in five would recommend whole-genome test... [More]
13. November 2014 22:13
Tests have been neglected, in some cases for decades, because of the high cost
Manhattan District Attorney Cryus R. Vance Jr. has pledged $35 million to fund DNA testing in as many as 70,000 rape cases nationwide.
Many swabs, painstakingly collected, have been left untested because of the high cost of conducting DNA tests — up to $1,000 in each case — the Associated Press reports. Tests in some cases have not been done for decades.
Fresh funding for the DNA tests could f... [More]