Food Science: What's the Harm?

by jeeg 16. September 2014 01:57
  Corporate CEOs are always strategizing in their quest for greater revenues and profits. Often these strategies -- and their resulting, insidious successes -- have shaped our elections, our government, our education system, our media, our publicly funded research and development, our tax and credit systems, our trade agreements and so on. The world has never seen such an ingenious, power-concentrating machine as the modern, global corporation. Even science, which ideally shoul... [More]

India's DNA Profiling Bill hits privacy roadblock

by jeeg 15. September 2014 22:23
  Privacy issue is one of the concerns that has stalled the ambitious DNA Profiling Bill of the Union government. The Centre on Monday has informed the Supreme Court of a few hurdles which is holding up the bill. The Union government, in an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court in response to a query on a plea filed by NGO Lokniti Foundation, said international NGOs and experts have expressed concerns on the privacy-related aspects of establishing a National DNA Data Bank under ... [More]

Disappearing Privacy

by jeeg 12. September 2014 19:11
  The other day, I got an email from the National Institute of Justice, the arm of the United States Department of Justice that funds much of the research that’s conducted on crime and justice issues.  The title of the email was “Purchasing Through-the-Wall Sensors? Read a New Report.”  Even though I’m not in the market for a “through-the-wall” sensor, I read the report anyway.  In a nutshell, it discussed the value and effectiveness of ... [More]

Appellate judges hear arguments on police use of DNA test

by jeeg 12. September 2014 00:46
  Three Connecticut Appellate Court judges heard arguments over whether Kevin Benefield’s consent to provide a saliva sample in 1986 covered a more sophisticated DNA test in 2009 that helped get him convicted. “In 1986, no objective reasonable person could have known they could get a DNA profile from a saliva test,” said Benefield’s appointed lawyer, Daniel Krisch. “The development of DNA testing was a quantum leap in police work.” In 2012, Ben... [More]

Jack the Ripper: four reasons DNA testing can be horribly wrong

by jeeg 11. September 2014 22:24
The Jack the Ripper case is now said to be closed after an amateur sleuth used DNA testing to find out his identity. We often think of DNA testing as infallible, but here are four reasons we should be wary. According to the Mail on Sunday, one history enthusiast has cracked the Jack the Ripper case, concluding through DNA testing that "Jack" was actually a Polish hairdresser called Aaron Kosminski. The key piece of evidence? A shawl soaked in 126 year old blood. Businessman... [More]

Was It Aaron Kosminski? Jack the Ripper DNA Claims Get Ripped

by jeeg 10. September 2014 23:53
  Does DNA analysis prove conclusively that a deranged Polish barber named Aaron Kosminski was behind the famous "Jack the Ripper" murders of the 19th century? The claim has stirred up a hue and cry among professional and amateur sleuths who have been following the case for decades — proving only that the evidence is far from conclusive. "Literally, we see articles like this a couple of times a year, but this one has gone viral," said Stephen P. Ryder, executive editor of "Caseboo... [More]

Australian federal court rules isolated genetic material can be patented

by jeeg 9. September 2014 20:05
  The Australian federal court has ruled that a company may patent genetic material that has been extracted from the human body, in a move that may have serious repercussions for the future of medical research in Australia. Cancer Voices Australia began legal action over patents associated with a gene known as BRCA1 in 2010. Mutated versions of this gene, which women can be born with, have been associated with an increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. “[The pate... [More]

N.I.H. Lab Search Uncovers Forgotten Ricin

by jeeg 8. September 2014 21:46
  The National Institutes of Health said on Friday that it had uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of dangerous pathogens as it combed its laboratories for improperly stored hazardous materials. The agency began an intensive investigation of all of its facilities in July after a scientist found vials of smallpox dating from the 1950s, along with other contagious viruses and bacteria that had been stored in a lab on the N.I.H.’... [More]

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UK MPs' protests fail to derail gene therapy plans

by jeeg 5. September 2014 23:38
  PROTESTS by a group of MPs have failed to derail plans for a controversial gene therapy, to stop incurable diseases passing to the next generations. Ministers vowed to plough ahead with preparations for the DNA-altering procedure, which is being pioneered by a team at Newcastle University. However, the department of health declined to say when the issue would be put to a vote in Parliament, despite suggestions that it could be before the end of the year. The treatment involves repla... [More]

U.S. GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year over 2013

by jeeg 5. September 2014 01:05
  Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and major food makers such as Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc and top biotech seed makers Monsanto Co and DuPont were among heavy spenders on GMO labeling-related lobbying, among ... [More]
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