Consumer Activists Unite to Demand Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

by jeeg 15. March 2011 23:44
A growing number of consumer activists are staging demonstrations all over the US, with the largest so far at theWhite House on March 26, 2011.   They demand labeling of genetically modified foods and they’re urging activists around the country to “Rally for the Right to Know” locally. The idea has spread like wildfire with other grassroots rallies already being planned in Colorado, California,Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida and Oregon to coincide with ... [More]

Scientists say laboratory workers must be diligent

by jeeg 14. March 2011 05:43
More than 500,000 work in laboratories across the United States, and scientists say it is vital to take steps to protect themselves from the diseases they are studying. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that occupational health hazards for scientists and other lab workers include infectious diseases spread by live viruses and bacteria. Estimates are that three of every 1,000 lab workers become infected each year. The most common infections include hepatitis, typhoid fever and tuberculo... [More]

Could your kid be a sports star? Doctors criticize genetic tests that claim to have the answer

by jeeg 12. March 2011 02:59
Was your kid born to be an elite athlete? Marketers of genetic tests claim the answer is in mail-order kits costing less than $200. Some customers say the test results help them steer their children to appropriate sports. But skeptical doctors and ethicists say the tests are putting profit before science and have a much greater price tag — potentially robbing perfectly capable youngsters of a chance to enjoy activities of their choice. "In the `winning is everything' sports culture... [More]

FDA Panel Says Home Gene Tests Need MD Input

by jeeg 11. March 2011 23:43
Certain types of genetic tests that are available for at-home use without a prescription should not be used without the involvement of a physician or genetic specialist, an FDA advisory panel recommended. So-called direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests can provide information ranging from a whether a person is lactose intolerant, at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, or likely to respond to a certain type of drug. After taking a quick blood or saliva sample in the privacy of one's o... [More]

Lawmaker advocates eugenics

by jeeg 11. March 2011 20:59
A 91-year-old state representative told a constituent that he believes in eugenics and that the world would be better off without "defective people." Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program, that "the world is too populated" and there are "too many defective people," according to an e-mail account of the conversation by Omand. Asked what he meant, she said Harty clarified, "You know the mentally ill, the reta... [More]

Plan to DNA test whole population of United Arab Emirates: rights groups call for UK forensic contract to be scrapped

by jeeg 11. March 2011 00:26
  US Officials Assisting Arab Countries with Setting up DNA Databases that would be illegal in the U.S. Prince Andrew linked to Blair plan to DNA test whole population of United Arab Emirates: rights groups call for UK forensic contract to be scrapped   GeneWatch UK and the Council for Responsible Genetics today revealed that the UK Forensic Science Service (FSS) is helping the United Arab Emirates to build a DNA database of its entire population, linked to a national identit... [More]

FDA panel wants doctors to supervise genetic testing

by jeeg 9. March 2011 19:08
Members of a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel convened to consider new government regulation of genetic testing offered directly to consumers said Tuesday that such testing should only be allowed under a doctor's supervision. Personal testing, which is mainly available online from companies operating outside traditional medical institutions, can produce ambiguous or misleading results without proper analysis, members of the panel said. "I would suggest that we are not ready yet to... [More]

Supreme Court Clears Hurdle to DNA Test for Condemned Inmate

by jeeg 9. March 2011 07:11
Yesterday, the Supreme Court found that Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner has the right to pursue testing of DNA evidence that could prove his innocence. Among the outstanding items that still have not been DNA tested: at least three possible murder weapons and a rape kit. SCOTUSblog reported yesterday: While the state in prosecuting Skinner for the three murders had made use of some of the DNA evidence found at the scene, Skinner’s lawyers have been trying for ten years ... [More]

Biotech groups see modified crop boost

by jeeg 7. March 2011 20:58
The surge in food prices could spur greater acceptance of genetically modified seeds in emerging markets, leading companies have told the Financial Times. Global food prices rose to a record last month, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. The International Monetary Fund warned last week that the world faced a prolonged period of high food prices. GM seeds, designed to have higher yields, have encountered resistance in emerging economies such as India and China. The debate has ... [More]

Genetic Patdowns Coming?

by jeeg 4. March 2011 19:00
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is no stranger to controversy. The TSA has been the subject of much scrutiny from civil libertarians and constitutionalists, who have criticized the agency’s numerous affronts against the natural rights of American and foreign travelers, who have been subjected to violations of their bodily integrity and right to property. Now, we learn that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), of which TSA is a part, is planning to test po... [More]
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