Not Quite A Thousand Genomes

by jeeg 8. November 2010 22:23
It took about 10 years and almost $3 billion to sequence the first human genome. With current technology, it takes about 4-6 weeks and costs on the order of only $10,000 to $20,000 (or about $1 per gene for all 20,000 genes that make up our genomes). This dramatic reduction in costs is ongoing and predicted to make possible a $1,000 genome within two years. This price point, which is no more than the cost of many imaging studies and other medical procedures that are done routinely and repe... [More]

Money for Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House

by jeeg 5. November 2010 21:05
Federal financing of science research, which has risen quickly since the Obama administration came to power, could fall back to pre-Obama levels if the incoming Republican leadership in the House of Representatives follows through on its list of campaign promises. In the Republican platform, Pledge to America, the party vows to cut discretionary nonmilitary spending to 2008 levels. Under that plan, research and development at nonmilitary agencies — including those that sponsor science a... [More]

COP10/ Nagoya meet OKs historic genetic deal

by jeeg 3. November 2010 23:26
It went down to the wire, but delegates to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) here reached agreement early Saturday on legally binding international rules for sharing benefits from genetic resources used in food, pharmaceuticals and other products. After last-minute maneuvering by host nation Japan to ensure substantive results from two weeks of fraught talks and eight years of prior negotiations, Environment Minister Ryu M... [More]

Gene Patent Ruling Raises Questions for Industry

by jeeg 2. November 2010 23:45
When the Justice Department declared in a court filing late Friday that genes should not be eligible for patents because they are products of nature, Harold C. Wegner, an influential patent lawyer in Washington, did not mince words. “Eric Holder Hijacks the Patent System, Flunks Patents 101,” Mr. Wegner wrote in an e-mail to 1,250 people, referring to the attorney general. Sharp reaction greeted the declaration that human and other genes are not patentable, a reversal of what ... [More]

Closing the Book on SACGHS: What’s Next for Personalized Medicine Policy?

by jeeg 2. November 2010 19:01
The loss of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (“SACGHS”) will leave a void in the personalized medicine policy landscape.  Since its inception in 2002, the SACGHS has served a unique and important purpose—it was the central forum for identifying issues related to the use of genetic and genomic technologies.  In doing so, it has developed a high-profile public record of the challenges and promise of personalized medicine... [More]

Executive Branch Opposes Gene Patents-Initial Impressions

by jeeg 1. November 2010 19:36
The Department of Justice (DOJ) amicus brief supporting the ACLU's position in the Myriad case that isolated genes are products of nature and therefore not patentable is big news and its brief will carry a lot of weight with the court.      What's more interesting, though, is what may play out outside the courtroom.  The US Patent Office has for 20 years held the opposite position and its a department of the executive branch.  It's ... [More]
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