India May Soon Have a National DNA Database

by jeeg 16. September 2010 23:12
If their Parliament passes the DNA Profiling Bill, 2007, India will soon join countries such as the US and UK in creating a national DNA database. "The bill, drafted and sent to all ministries and departments for their feedback, has been modified. The final version has been sent to the law ministry, which has sent it to the legal department for final drafting," says Dr J Gowrishankar, head of Laboratory of Bacterial Genetics and director, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDF... [More]

The Plague In Chicago-Unanswered Questions

by jeeg 15. September 2010 00:09
One year ago on September 13, 2009 at the University of Chicago, Professor Malcolm Casadaban who had been working under a US government research on Bio-terrorism and Prevention Grant passed away. The story of his death and the reasons behind his death are still a mystery despite the deadly contamination that he received and many questions remain unanswered as new ones now come to the fore. Professor Casadaban had been working on a live attenuated vaccine strain of Yersinia ... [More]

Bill Introduced in Senate to Legalize Stem Cell Funding

by jeeg 14. September 2010 00:57
Sen. Arlen Specter on Monday initiated a drive to legalize federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, superseding conflicting court decisions that he said are slowing critical work to find cures for crippling diseases. The Pennsylvania Democrat, speaking on the Senate floor as senators returned from a monthlong recess, said his legislation would codify an executive order issued by President Barack Obama last year advancing stem cell research Even a temporary suspension of federal... [More]

Stem Cell Ban Lifted

by jeeg 12. September 2010 21:24
A federal appeals court here ruled Thursday that federal financing of embryonic stem cell research could continue while the court considers a judge’s order last month that banned the government from underwriting the work. The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals could save research mice from being euthanized, cells in petri dishes from starving and scores of scientists from a suspension of paychecks, according to arguments the Obama administration made in the case. I... [More]

Stanford Reviews its Personal Genomics Program

by jeeg 11. September 2010 04:58
Konrad Karczewski, a bioinformatics student at Stanford University, learned quite a bit about himself over the summer.     He found out that his risk of prostate cancer is 24 percent - seven percentage points higher than the average man's - and confirmed that his chance of having hypertension is higher than that of the general population, something he already suspected from his family history.     The doctorate student also learned his responsiveness to certain m... [More]

Stem Cell Debate

by jeeg 10. September 2010 23:15
LAST MONTH, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an injunction barring the federal government from funding research on embryonic stem cells. The judge cited the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which puts off-limits federal dollars for work "in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed for research on fetuses in utero under" applicable federal regulation... [More]

Survey Finds Public is Cautious About Synthetic Biology

by jeeg 9. September 2010 14:55
A new poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted by Hart Research Associates and the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center finds that two-thirds of Americans think that synthetic biology should move forward, but with more research to study its possible effects on humans and the environment, while one-third support a ban until we better understand its implications and risks. More than half of Americans believe the federal government should be involved in regulating synthetic biolo... [More]


by jeeg 8. September 2010 23:58
Why would Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company, so mistreat and silence one of their top molecular biologists that a federal jury in Connecticut recently awarded her $1.37 million in damages? The answer promises to tear open the curtain covering hazards confronting tens of thousands of scientists and assistants in corporate, government and university labs. Becky McClain’s lawsuit against Pfizer claimed that the company’s sloppiness exposed her to an engineered form ... [More]

Group Asks for Stay of Stem Cell Injunction

by jeeg 6. September 2010 16:54
A stem cell research advocacy group consisting of nearly 100 universities, scientific societies, patient organizations and foundations has filed a court document explaining why Judge Royce Lamberth, who last month issued an injunction against federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, should stay his order. In handing down the injunction on August 23, the judge argued that without it, the plaintiffs, adult stem cell researchers James Sherley and Theresa Deisher, would s... [More]

FDA claims GMO salmon is safe

by jeeg 5. September 2010 00:48
A salmon genetically engineered to grow quickly is safe to eat and poses little risk to the environment, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The assessment makes it more likely that the fish will become the first genetically modified animal to enter the American food supply. Food from the salmon “is as safe as food from conventional Atlantic salmon,” the F.D.A. said in its analysis, which was posted on its Web site Friday. “There is a reasonable certainty of... [More]
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