21. November 2015 00:56
Federal docket number: FDA-2015-N-3403
COUNCIL FOR RESPONSIBLE GENETICS’ RESPONSES TO REQUEST FOR INFORMATION PUBLISHED AT 80 FED. REG. 60,414 – 60,416 (Oct. 6, 2015):
“Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology and Developing a Long-Term Strategy for the Regulation of the Products of Biotechnology”
The Counc... [More]
8. December 2014 22:44
An important new study could undermine the concept of ‘endophenotypes’ – and thus derail one of the most promising lines of research in neuroscience and psychiatry.
The findings are out now in Psychophysiology. Unusually, an entire special issue of the journal is devoted to presenting the various results of the study, along with commentary, but here’s the summary paper: Knowns and unknowns for psychophysiological endophenotypes by Minnesota researchers William ... [More]
5. December 2014 19:12
The Nobel Prize medal that James Watson won for helping explain how DNA is structured has a new owner, as the 1962 gold medal was bought for more than $4.75 million at auction Thursday. Watson has said he'll donate much of the money to educational institutions.
The identity of the winning bidder, who participated by phone, has not been revealed.
The first-ever sale of a Nobel prize by a living recipient follows a new period of controversy for Watson, 86, who's been accused of both ra... [More]
4. December 2014 22:03
A state appeals court decided unanimously Wednesday that California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested for felonies -- though not necessarily convicted or even charged -- violates the state constitution.
The decision, handed down by an appeals panel here, is likely to be appealed to the California Supreme Court.
A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal struck down a portion of a 2004 law passed by voters permitting the state to take and stor... [More]
3. December 2014 21:44
H.R. 1281 is the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014. It seeks to reauthorize and amend a number of state grant programs and federal requirements for newborn screening. The bill passed the US House by a voice vote on June 24, 2014.
Every US state conducts a newborn screening test on every baby born within its borders. State law generally requires that a nurse takes a few ... [More]
26. November 2014 19:36
The state Department of Justice has hired nearly twenty more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.
Wisconsin currently takes DNA samples from anyone convicted of a felony and certain sex-related misdemeanors. A Republican-backed law set to take effect on April 1 dramatically expands the grounds for collection.
The measure requi... [More]
25. November 2014 23:18
In a sleepy town in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, federal police officers enforce security protocols designed to keep deadly viruses and toxins from escaping one of the government’s top laboratories.
Despite instruction and warnings, employees at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton -- who are working on a vaccine for Ebola, studying Staphylococcus bacteria and other infectious diseases -- have broken the rules.
In one incident, a female animal handler reported ... [More]
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]
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]