How what Nicole Kidman has done will soon be a crime in NSW

by jeeg 18. January 2011 20:02
As actress Nicole Kidman celebrates a second daughter born through a surrogate mother in the US, NSW law is about to change to declare criminal mothers who attempt to do the same. The NSW's Surrogacy Act, which was passed in November but has not yet come into force, will impose penalties of two years' jail, a $110,000 fine, or both on parents who pay for a surrogate here or abroad to carry their child. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Australia. But under the new law, NSW residents fac... [More]

OSHA at 40: Time for a Makeover

by jeeg 17. January 2011 22:53
The notion that Democrats and Republicans could come together and enact legislation that would protect American workers from on-the-job injury or death seems almost unthinkable today, but almost exactly 40 years ago, that is precisely what happened. On December 29, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed into law the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, a compromise that sought to “assure every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preser... [More]

Genetic Soldiers? Advisory Group Urges Pentagon To Map Genes Of All Personnel

by jeeg 14. January 2011 19:10
It sounds like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, but it's not. A new report from a secretive, highly influential group of scientists is urging the Department of Defense to begin collecting and mapping the full genome of all military personnel -- a move that could well give the Pentagon the ability to select for certain genetic predispositions. Noting the dramatic decrease in the cost of fully mapping individuals' genomes, the report suggests that some traits relevant ... [More]

CRG and GeneWatch UK Issue New Resources on Forensic DNA Databases

by jeeg 13. January 2011 21:51
The use of forensic DNA databases by law enforcement agencies around the globe is expanding unchecked at an alarming rate and efforts are underway to harmonize them. Today, 56 countries worldwide operate national DNA databases from Asia to Europe and the Americas.  Some are still in their infancy, while others such as those in the United States and the United Kingdom are large, highly sophisticatedand have been established for at least fifteen years. The threats to privacy and democr... [More]

Biotech lobbying dollars have secured market for genetically modified foods

by jeeg 12. January 2011 22:42
A new study has analyzed the lobbying activities of biotech companies and food patent holders since 1999. While the findings aren't surprising, they are enlightening as to why regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress have shown the biotechnology industry such statutory favoritism.      “The food and agriculture biotechnology industry has been flexing its financial political muscle to ease the regulatory oversight of genetically modified foods,” say the authors... [More]

Americans’ Concern about the Privacy of Their Genetic Information Reaches New High

by jeeg 11. January 2011 22:01
A report just released by Cogent Research, in partnership with CAHG, reveals that Americans are more concerned than ever about the privacy of their genetic information. Furthermore, this concern is increasingly inhibiting the likelihood that they will consider having a molecular diagnostic test. These and other findings are explored in more detail in the 5th edition of the Cogent Genomics, Attitudes & Trends study (CGAT™ 2010). “Across the board, we see indications of Ame... [More]

Police urged to DNA test EVERY man in Bristol

by jeeg 10. January 2011 20:29
An MP has called on police to DNA test every man in Bristol in a bid to track down the killer of Joanna Yeates in what could be the biggest ever screening carried out by British police. Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, wants swabs to be taken from the entire male population - around 250,000 people. The mass testing would echo that of a case in 1995 which eventually led to the conviction of David Frost who raped and murdered 18-year-old Louise Smith on Christmas Day when she wa... [More]

Bioengineered salmon: State bill seeks clear label

by jeeg 7. January 2011 22:38
Assemblyman Jared Huffman isn't taking any chances. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a bid to allow the human consumption of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon, the San Rafael Democrat wants every Californian to know what he or she is getting at the checkout aisle. Consumers have the right to know if their food comes from the wild or was bioengineered, said Huffman, who introduced AB88 on Thursday to require the salmon, which many environmentalists call "Frankenfish... [More]

DNA on verge of describing crooks' looks

by jeeg 6. January 2011 21:06
Killers and crooks, clean up after yourselves. Scientists appear to be on the cusp of being able to develop physical descriptions of criminal suspects based on an analysis of the DNA left behind at a crime scene. The latest breakthrough in this emerging field, known as forensic phenotyping, came just a few weeks ago when a group of Dutch scientists announced they had devised a test that allows them to reliably predict someone's age -- to within nine years -- based merely on a blood sam... [More]

DNA test scam warning

by jeeg 5. January 2011 22:10
A fake DNA test kit being mailed to WA residents makes "ridiculous" claims about being able to slow the ageing process, according to the WA Consumer watchdog. Australia Post has intercepted 200 kits, which are sent from China and contain a cotton swab in a sealed bag, but Consumer Protection Commissioner Anne Driscoll said many more were believed to have already been delivered to WA homes. Labelling it an international scam, Ms Driscoll said the kits are accompanied by a letter that makes cl... [More]
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