Court Rules Against GM Sugar Beets

by jeeg 14. August 2010 13:13
A federal district court judge revoked the government’s approval of genetically engineered sugar beets Friday, saying that the Agriculture Department had not adequately assessed the environmental consequences before approving them for commercial cultivation. The decision, by Judge Jeffrey S. White of Federal District Court in San Francisco, appears to effectively ban the planting of the genetically modified sugar beets, which make up about 95 percent of the crop, until the Agricult... [More]

CRG Response to Berkeley Genetic Testing Program Changes

by jeeg 13. August 2010 03:09
  The Council for Responsible Genetics is pleased that the University of California, Berkeley has decided to follow the law in the administration of their controversial “Bring Your Genes to Cal” freshman genetic testing program and not improperly use an unaccredited lab to process DNA samples. The Council for Responsible Genetics has been raising the issue of improper lab certification with the University and the Department of Public Health for some time. It is ... [More]

Critics Confront Berkeley at Genetic Testing Hearing

by jeeg 12. August 2010 05:33
Two UC Berkeley professors Tuesday defended a controversial plan to perform genetic testing on incoming freshmen during a legislative hearing that also featured testimony from privacy experts and bioethicists blasting the plan. Lawmakers asked questions about the Bring Your Genes to Cal project, but ultimately have no authority over the University of California. Whether the project moves forward likely depends on the outcome of a meeting today between UC Berkeley officials and representat... [More]

CRG President Testifies Before Legislature on Controversial Berkeley Genetic Testing Program

by jeeg 11. August 2010 11:20
HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT HEARING TESTIMONY BERKELEY BRING YOUR GENES TO CAL FRESHMAN ORIENTATION PROGRAM TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010       Chairman Block and Members of the Committee,   Thank you for inviting me to testify before you today.  My name is Jeremy Gruber and I am the President of the Council for Responsible Genetics, a public policy organization founded in 1983, that represents the public interest and fosters public debate about th... [More]

Legislative Hearing on Controversial Berkeley Program Tomorrow

by jeeg 10. August 2010 00:21
This is a reminder that there will be a public oversight hearing in the California State Legislature on the controversial  “Bring Your Genes to Cal” Freshman Orientation Program at the University of California, Berkeley.  “The students and taxpayers deserve to have their questions about this controversial program answered by University of California, Berkeley officials,” said CRG President Jeremy Gruber.   We hope that you can attend.    ... [More]

GM Plants in the Wild?

by jeeg 9. August 2010 03:42
This is the stuff of nightmares: Genetically-modified (GM) plants escaping the confines of agriculture and invading the wild. We thought regular invasive species were bad? They seem tame compared to genetic contamination of the wild. Even more alarming: Some of the plants had a mix of modified genes, indicating that they are reproducing on their own. Although GM plant populations in the wild have been found in Canada, this is the first time they have been found in the United Sates. Mered... [More]

Scientists Genetically Engineering Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

by jeeg 8. August 2010 06:12
For more than a century, people have battled malaria by fighting its carrier, the indomitable mosquito. But last month, scientists at the University of Arizona found a way to turn this blood-sucking enemy into a potential ally. They performed the trick by altering the bug’s DNA, making it 100 percent resistant to the disease and shortening its life span enough to stymie the growth of malarial parasites. The next step would be to give this malaria--proof insect an evolutionary ed... [More]

CRG Raises New Questions About Berkeley’s Genetic Testing Program

by jeeg 7. August 2010 02:34
The Council for Responsible Genetics, a public interest organization, is raising serious new concerns regarding UC Berkeley’s incoming freshman genetic testing program, “Bring Your Genes to Cal.” The program, designed for incoming freshman in the College of Letters and Sciences, consists of sending students a swab with which to send in a DNA sample which will be tested for three genes that help regulate the ability to metabolize alcohol, lactose and folates as part of an ... [More]

CRG Issues Report on Gene Patents

by jeeg 6. August 2010 01:26
The Council for Responsible Genetics has issued a new report exploring the cost and scope of gene patents in the U.S. Basic research into human genetics and genomics has revealed some useful discoveries about the link between genes and human health and disease.  These discoveries have often lead to useful inventions for diagnostic and therapeutic tools – many of which public and private organizations have chosen to patent.  However, because gene discovery has prov... [More]

GeneWatch UK slams voluntary gene test guidelines in Britain

by jeeg 5. August 2010 01:37
GeneWatch UK today condemned proposed voluntary guidelines for genetic tests as a dangerous sham. The guidelines, published today by the Human Genetics Commission, are a set of principles that the Government advisory body says companies selling gene tests to consumers should meet (1). Although some of the principles are important, there will be no independent scrutiny of companies’ performance or the claims they make about people’s risk of developing diseases in the future. &n... [More]
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