Wisconsin now using controversial DNA testing to solve crimes

by Administrator 24. October 2014 22:19
  For the last two years, a Milwaukee woman says she’s been terrified, knowing the man who attacked her has been roaming the streets of Milwaukee. “I was sleeping in the bed with my momma for almost 7 months after this happened,” she told FOX6 in an exclusive interview. She says a man forced her into a car and held a knife to her neck while he raped her. “Literally my life flashed before my eyes.” After the assault, she was able to get a partial license ... [More]

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India court rules DNA can be tested to prove women's infidelity

by jeeg 24. October 2014 22:17
  India's top court on Wednesday said DNA tests on a child can be ordered to prove the infidelity of its mother, which rights groups say will set a dangerous precedent in the country. Activists and some political leaders warned this week that the judgment violates the privacy of women and children, and could harm the reputation of hundreds of innocent women. They also said they were concerned it would increase harassment of women. "On the face of it, a DNA test would seem to be an easy... [More]

Greenpeace: This is why we stand against GM crops

by jeeg 24. October 2014 22:05
  This article is a response to "Climate sceptics exploit double standards of eco-warriors", by Fred Pearce, which claims that Greenpeace cherry-picks data in its campaign against genetically modified crops. Our decision to oppose genetically modified crops is about a lot more than the science behind the technology, says Greenpeace chief scientist Doug Parr Fred Pearce makes the accusation that we at Greenpeace undermine our own case by supporting the "science" on climate change but no... [More]

Why Did Top Scientific Journals Reject This Dr. Bronner's Ad?

by Administrator 23. October 2014 22:56
  David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, presides over a company with famously wacky product labels. Sample sentence, from the 18-in-1 Hemp PEPPERMINT soap bottle: "Each swallow works hard to be perfect pilot-provider-teacher-lover-mate, no half-true hate!" But Bronner himself, grandson of the founder (the one with the elaborate prose style), has emerged as a serious, though fun-loving, activist, particularly around pesticides and genetically modified crops. But apparently, Br... [More]

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UK Chief medical officer defends claim that three-person IVF is not genetic modification

by Administrator 23. October 2014 00:41
  Government science advisers have defended their decision to exclude a controversial “three-parent baby” technique from their working definition of genetic modification, and have denied that it was to avoid being accused of supporting the creation of genetically modified babies. The Government has said it is about to change the law to allow doctors to create IVF embryos from three people as a result of combining the mitochondrial genes from a donor egg with the two ... [More]

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Genetic Testing and the Need for a Federal Regulation

by Administrator 21. October 2014 20:42
  The one dream that will never fade is falling in love, marrying the love of your life and starting a family. Now, imagine John and Jane Doe, a couple who fell in love in high school and got happily married after years of dating. The only thing missing to complete their fairytale romance was a family. After many unsuccessful attempts, the couple soon learned that they were infertile. Seeking help from the medical profession, they learned about the use of assisted reproductive techn... [More]

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White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study

by Administrator 20. October 2014 22:10
  Prompted by controversy over dangerous research and recent laboratory accidents, the White House announced Friday that it would temporarily halt all new funding for experiments that seek to study certain infectious agents by making them more dangerous. It also encouraged scientists involved in such research on the influenza, SARS and MERS viruses to voluntarily pause their work while its risks were reassessed. Opponents of this type of research, called gain of function — for ex... [More]

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Scientist who claims to have identified Jack the Ripper in new book 'made serious DNA error'

by jeeg 20. October 2014 22:08
  It was supposed to have been the definitive piece of scientific evidence that finally exposed the true identify of Jack the Ripper after he had brutally murdered at least five women on the streets of Whitechapel in the East End of London, 126 years ago. A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was "definitely, categorically and absolutely" the man who carried out the atrocities in 1888, according to a detailed analysis of DNA extracted from a silk shawl allegedly f... [More]

EEOC Sues Home Care Agency for GINA Violation - Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

by Administrator 17. October 2014 21:57
  On September 17, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a press release announcing it is suing BNV Home Care Agency, Inc. (“BNV”) for practices that are prohibited by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). GINA prevents employers from requesting genetic information, including family medical history, or using that information in the hiring process. According to the release, BNV asked for family medical hist... [More]

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GMO labeling in Oregon: Measure 92 turns state into 'battleground for food culture'

by Administrator 17. October 2014 21:54
  Forces for and against mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in Oregon agree on almost nothing. Proponents say labeling is akin to a Freedom of Information Act when it comes to food choices. How, they ask, can the relatively inexpensive labeling of important food choices be bad for consumers and society? Opponents see the issue in starkly different terms. Not only will the measure burden farmers, manufacturers and consumers with far higher costs, they say, but it wi... [More]

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