27. September 2011 22:48
Chinese police have helped more than 1,400 homeless or abducted children return to their homes through DNA matching as part of efforts to fight human trafficking since 2009, the Beijing News reported on Sunday.
National DNA database has reduced child trafficking in China, Chen Shiqu, director of the anti-human trafficking office of the Ministry of Public Security, was quoted as saying.
The ministry started to build up a nationwide DNA database since April 2009 in which parents who lost t... [More]
26. September 2011 21:55
CRG Board member Robert DeSalle who (along with his colleague Ian Tattersall from the American Museum of Natural History) takes a hard science look at the concept of race in: Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth Texas A&M University Press.
From the Publisher:
Race has provided the rationale and excuse for some of the worst atrocities in human history. According to many biologists, physical anthropologists, and geneticists, there is no valid scientific justification for the... [More]
23. September 2011 23:48
September 23, 2011
Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr.
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
Re: National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories,
Boston University MEPA Waiver Request, EOEEA #12021
Dear Secretary Sullivan:
I represent the Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG), a non-profit organi... [More]
22. September 2011 19:57
A PROPOSED ban on the controversial patenting of human genetic material has lost the support of a Senate committee which threatens to renew the intense debate that has pitched patients and doctors against researchers and biotech companies.
A narrow majority of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee in a report tabled last night, recommended against a private members' bill which would have outlawed the patenting of human genetic material.
The issue of patent rights for naturally-o... [More]
22. September 2011 19:51
Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, has prevailed in another lawsuit against a U.S. farmer, earning a ruling from a federal appeals court that protects Monsanto's interests even when its patented seeds are sold in a mix of undifferentiated " commodity" seeds.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington issued its ruling Wednesday, affirming the lower court decision that favored Monsanto.
The St. Louis, Mo.-based company sued Indiana soybean farmer Ver... [More]
22. September 2011 19:47
A trans-Atlantic dispute has opened up between two camps of researchers pursuing a gene that could lead to drugs that enhance longevity. British scientists say the longevity gene is “nearing the end of its life,” but the Americans whose work is under attack say the approach remains as promising as ever.
The dispute concerns genes that make sirtuins, proteins involved in controlling cells’ metabolism. Because of their metabolic role, the sirtuins may mediate the 40-perce... [More]
19. September 2011 23:23
A civil liberties specialist says the Government's plans to roll out the final phase of its DNA database upgrade, lowers the bar of law in this country.
The new law means DNA can be collected from adult offenders for any offence punishable by a prison sentence.
Criminal barrister Michael Bott says police now have the right to keep a database that will last forever that could be for offences as simple as trespass or disorderly behaviour.
"Now technically any offence punishable by impriso... [More]
16. September 2011 19:48
The bra clasp and the kitchen knife.
For years now, we've been told that slain British student Meredith Kercher's bra clasp and a kitchen knife found in the home of Italian student Raffaele Sollecito and handed by Seattle student Amanda Knox were the most crucial pieces of DNA evidence in the case that put them both in prison.
It turns out that there was also another piece of evidence--one that investigators barely bothered to check and never mentioned during any of the trials.
That ... [More]
13. September 2011 22:10
Another laboratory-acquired infection may have occurred in a University of Chicago building where 2 years ago a researcher contracted plague and later died. Late last month, a researcher who worked in the same general lab area was hospitalized with a skin infection caused by a common bacterium being studied in her lab.
The researcher became infected with Bacillus cereus, which can cause food-borne infections, while working on a project headed by microbiologist Olaf Schneewind, according ... [More]
13. September 2011 01:56
Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth and Culture
Edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Kathleen Sloan
Columbia University Press
Do advances in genomic biology create a scientific rationale for long-discredited racial categories? Leading scholars in law, medicine, biology, sociology, history, anthropology, and psychology examine the impact of modern genetics on the concept of race in Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth and Culture.
Divided into six majo... [More]