EEOC proposes records rule on Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

by jeeg 14. June 2011 01:13
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a proposed rule under which employers would be required to maintain all relevant employment and personnel records until any charge filed under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is resolved. The 2008 law prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information. The EEOC said that employers already have this record-keeping requirement with respect to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disab... [More]

Prenatal DNA testing a 'Pandora's box'

by jeeg 13. June 2011 22:51
Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your foetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions such as Down syndrome, but also things like eye colour and height. And the risk for developing depression or Alzheimer's disease. And the chances of being homosexual.So far, that remains science fiction. But scientists have been taking some baby steps in that direction. And some ethics experts say it is time to start talking now about wh... [More]

FDA takes ‘first step’ toward greater regulatory certainty around nanotechnology

by jeeg 10. June 2011 23:00
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released draft guidance to provide regulated industries with greater certainty about the use of nanotechnology, which generally involves materials made up of particles that are one billionth of a meter in size. The guidance outlines the agency’s view on whether regulated products contain nanomaterials or involve the application of nanotechnology.   Nanotechnology, the science involving manipulation of materials on an atomic or molecu... [More]

10-year moratorium approved on entrance of GMOs to Peru

by jeeg 10. June 2011 00:19
Farmers from Cusco came to Lima at the beginning of May to protest the entrance of GMOs to Peru.      Congress has adopted a bill that declares a 10-year moratorium on the entrance of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for cultivation and breeding or any other type of transgenic products, reports Perú.21 . The project was supported by the president of the Agricultural Commission Aníbal Huerta, who warned against the danger he says that biotechnolog... [More]

Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World's Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds

by jeeg 8. June 2011 21:07
Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday.   The report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals.   But despite such warnings, and although the European Commiss... [More]

Help Protect Women's Health and Safety by Signing the Egg Extraction Petition

by jeeg 7. June 2011 01:54
Women undergoing egg extraction are not able to make informed choices about the risks involved, in part because long-term risks have not yet been adequately studied, especially for women providing eggs to be used by others. We urge the creation of a widely-publicized, privacy-ensured national registry to facilitate long-term tracking and long-term studies to better understand the risks of egg extraction, particularly with respect to the impact of drugs used for both suppression and stimulati... [More]

Victims raped by the system

by jeeg 6. June 2011 23:56
Hundreds of rape kits used to help police gather evidence are gathering dust in hospitals – allowing many rapists to escape justice. These kits – officially named sexual assault kits – which contain swabs of semen and blood and other evidence needed for forensic DNA tests, lie uncollected in state and private hospitals. This results in delays in court cases, and a lack of investigation in rape cases. An investigation by The Star found that: l In some cases, the poli... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine on Bioengineered Animals

by jeeg 3. June 2011 20:12
We are deeply conflicted about our treatment of animals as a society; so when we see the use of animal bodies as platforms for genetic experiments, it is little wonder that we are confused about how to react.  The New Scientist dubs bioengineered animals “creatures with bonus features,” and various websites and blogs have posted their lists of the “top ten coolest” or “most bizarre genetically modified animals.” Yet many of us remain uneasy.  The... [More]

An Epidemic of False Claims

by jeeg 2. June 2011 00:03
False positives and exaggerated results in peer-reviewed scientific studies have reached epidemic proportions in recent years. The problem is rampant in economics, the social sciences and even the natural sciences, but it is particularly egregious in biomedicine. Many studies that claim some drug or treatment is beneficial have turned out not to be true. We need only look to conflicting findings about beta-carotene, vitamin E, hormone treatments, Vioxx and Avandia. Even when effects are ge... [More]

Breaches Lead to Push to Protect Medical Data

by jeeg 1. June 2011 20:53
Federal health officials call it the Wall of Shame. It’s a government Web page that lists nearly 300 hospitals, doctors and insurance companies that have reported significant breaches of medical privacy in the last couple of years. Such lapses, frightening to consumers, could impede the Obama administration’s effort to shift the nation to electronic health care records. “People need to be assured that their health records are secure and private,” Kathleen Sebeli... [More]
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