Woolly mammoth cloning war: Scientists are divided over the ethics of attempting to revive extinct mammal

by admin 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]

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There May Be No Such Thing As A 'Longevity Gene'

by admin 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]

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CRG Joins Open Letter and Campaign on Living with GMOs

by Admin 13. November 2014 01:53
  Today CRG joined with other NGOs , scientists, anti-GM groups, celebrities, food manufacturers, and others representing 57 million Americans to publish an Open Letter to the UK and the entire EU warning of the serious and manifold hazards of GMO crops - and promising our support in our fight against them. The letter is a timely document because politicians and regulators in the UK and the rest of Europe are currently deciding on the future of policies and laws affecting the regul... [More]

GMO battles over 'settled' science spur new study of crops

by admin 12. November 2014 03:25
Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, and its brethren of global biotech crop developers are spreading the word that as far as the safety of their genetically modified grain goes, the science is solidly on their side. The message of "settled" science has become the rallying cry for defenders of the crops and food commonly referred to as GMOs as they push back against consumers, environmentalists, lawmakers and others who want the crops labeled, restricted or banned. "We believe the ... [More]

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U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.

by Admin 11. November 2014 23:58
  A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried. The new potato also resists bruising, a characteristic long sought by potato growers and processors... [More]

Combining The DNA Of Three People Raises Ethical Questions

by admin 10. November 2014 22:48
  In a darkened lab in the north of England, a research associate is intensely focused on the microscope in front of her. She carefully maneuvers a long glass tube that she uses to manipulate early human embryos. "It's like microsurgery," says Laura Irving of Newcastle University. Irving is part of a team of scientists trying to replace defective DNA with healthy DNA. They hope this procedure could one day help women who are carrying genetic disorders have healthy children. ... [More]

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Irish Supreme Court rules genetic mother of twins is not their legal mother

by admin 7. November 2014 20:01
The State has won by a six to one majority its Supreme Court appeal against a landmark ruling the genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate is entitled to be registered as their legal mother on their birth certificates. The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, said the issues in the case arose from radical developments in assisted human reproduction and were “quintessentially” for the legislature, not the courts, to address. There was “clearly merit” in the legi... [More]

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The Fight to Take Back Our Genes Moves to Canada

by admin 7. November 2014 00:30
  The fight against gene patents has migrated north. In the first challenge to gene patents in Canada, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario earlier this week brought suit against the University of Utah for trying to claim monopoly ownership of what they couldn't possibly have created: parts of our genome. The genes at the center of the controversy are associated with Long QT Syndrome, which causes abnormal, life-threatening heart rhythms. Children who inherit certain genetic muta... [More]

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Colorado, Oregon Reject GMO Labeling

by admin 6. November 2014 02:05
An effort to label genetically modified foods in Colorado failed to garner enough support Tuesday. It's the latest of several state-based GMO labeling ballot measures to fail. UPDATE: A similar measure in Oregon was also defeated by a narrow margin. Voters in Colorado resoundingly rejected the labeling of foods that contain the derivatives of genetically modified - or GMO – crops, with 66 percent voting against, versus 34 percent in favor. In Oregon the outcome was c... [More]

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How a gene-patent test case in Canada will help both patients and inventors

by Admin 4. November 2014 20:38
  Canadian prosperity depends on our ability to innovate. When it comes to unlocking the power and mysteries of genomic medicine, our competitors in the United States now have free reign – but Canadian innovators continue to be shackled. The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) launched a test case against human gene patents on Monday. The primary objective of the case is to ensure that CHEO patients – children with a potentially lethal yet often otherwise und... [More]
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