Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Neither Accurate in Their Predictions nor Beneficial to Individuals, Study Suggests

by jeeg 31. May 2011 18:27
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests give inaccurate predictions of disease risks and many European geneticists believe that some of them should be banned, the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics heard May 31. In the first of two studies to be presented, Rachel Kalf, from the department of epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, will say that her research is the first to look at the real predictive ability of such tests, the ... [More]

Canadian court bans anonymous sperm and egg donation

by jeeg 31. May 2011 18:24
Olivia Pratten may never find out who donated the sperm that made her conception possible, but a case won by the 29-year-old journalist in the Supreme Court of British Columbia now means fewer people will face the same situation. In a 19 May ruling, the first of its kind in North America, the court sided with Pratten, who argued that the Canadian province's laws discriminate against the offspring of anonymous sperm and egg donors because, unlike adopted people, they have no right to know t... [More]

Evidence of altered RNA stirs debate

by jeeg 27. May 2011 22:48
A funny thing happened on the way to the ribosome. That's the essence of a controversial paper concluding that messenger RNA — the molecular middleman that carries information from a cell's DNA to its protein-making machinery — is routinely and systematically altered by unknown mechanisms before its genetic instructions can be read. The paper, published in Science last week (M. Li et al. Science doi:10.1126/science.1207018 ; 2011), is already drawing pointed reviews from comput... [More]

Unborn NZ Children Exposed To Genetically Engineered Toxin

by jeeg 27. May 2011 22:21
New research from Canada has shown that blood in pregnant women and foetuses carried toxins from genetically engineered (GE) foods, that are also allowed into New Zealand, according to the Soil & Health Association. Bt toxin Cry1 based insecticides are genetically engineered (GE) into several GE food crops (GE maize, soy, potato and cotton), which are increasingly imported and used in New Zealand processed foods. Thirty two different GE insect resistant food lines are permitted for us... [More]

Will genetically modified salmon be labelled?

by jeeg 26. May 2011 23:04
Care to know whose genes are hidden in your salmon fillet? If the federal government approves genetically modified salmon for public consumption, there will be no telling if your seafood dinner's DNA has been doctored -- unless states demand it. Four states -- California, Oregon, Vermont and Alaska -- are preparing for a federal approval of genetically-modified (GM) salmon by considering legislation that would require labels for the fish. Ten other states are also looking at labeling all ... [More]

Abortions on Disabled Babies: The Prenatal Testing Sham

by jeeg 25. May 2011 23:32
Each year, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). The date 3/21 was chosen as a representation of the genetic cause of the condition, a triplicate of the 21st chromosome. WDSD seeks to raise awareness of a genetic condition that may very well diminish to the point of disappearing. This is due to the prenatal testing sham. Since the beginning of the year, headlines have touted advancements in prenatal testing. Laboratories are promising a prenatal diagnostic test for Down syndrome b... [More]

Did journalists overstate the promise of the human genome project?

by jeeg 24. May 2011 23:19
Note that in the Nature Network Boston report on Tuesday’s panel on the human genome project, Broad Institute chief Eric Lander says that journalists naively reported that the genome map would rapidly lead to cures for many diseases.    Lander said that expectations for the impact of the research were  “fabulously naïve. Journalists wrote about how we were going to have drugs for all these disease in the next decade. Somebody w... [More]

Guidelines on DNA samples unlawful

by jeeg 20. May 2011 19:42
Police guidelines allowing forces to retain the fingerprints and DNA samples of innocent people are unlawful, a panel of leading British judges ruled today. The ruling was made by the Supreme Court in London nearly three years after the European Court of Human Rights reached a similar conclusion. Judges said Government plans for changes to the law were already in the pipeline. The 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act required the destruction of samples and fingerprints "taken from a... [More]

Genetic testing for sports genes courts controversy

by jeeg 19. May 2011 18:59
In an era of helicopter parents eager to exploit every competitive edge for their children, at least two companies have begun selling tests that claim to help match youngsters with the sports they are genetically programmed to play best. The DNA scans, the first of an expected wave of attempts to use genes to enhance athletic performance, can steer children toward games they are most likely to win — and perhaps get scholarships to play, the companies say. The tests also let children... [More]

FDA warns home genetic test makers on medical claims

by jeeg 18. May 2011 02:12
The FDA warns a trio of companies that offer direct-to-consumer genetic tests on medical claims made in their marketing campaigns. The FDA formally warned three providers of direct-to-consumer DNA tests about medical claims the companies make that the federal watchdog agency hasn't approved. The FDA wants the companies; American International Biotechnology Services, Lumigenix Inc and Precision Quality DNA — to either furnish evidence of device approval or make a case that thei... [More]
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