Gene patent case could go to Supreme Court

by jeeg 14. October 2011 23:40
Groups fighting to overturn patents related to human genes held by Utah’s Myriad Genetics said Wednesday they will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, and a law professor said they have a good chance of getting the nationally significant issues heard. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation said Wednesday they will petition the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision and rule that Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics cannot hold patents on hum... [More]

Do You Think GMOs Should Be Labelled?

by jeeg 12. October 2011 19:33
In a country that labels everything from cosmetics to cleaning agents, it’s surprising that there are no laws in the U.S. requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods. Yet 93% of Americans believe GE foods should be labeled.   We don’t think that’s right.  Many other countries including Japan, Australia, the European Union and even China require labeling of genetically engineered foods.  Tell the FDA you have a right to know what’s i... [More]

Right to private life 'at risk’ in plan to store DNA of innocent people

by jeeg 11. October 2011 19:59
The Home Secretary’s plan to retain the DNA of people charged but then cleared of offences may breach human rights law, a group of MPs and peers have said.   A “catch-all” discretionary power to allow police to hold the DNA of innocent people indefinitely for reasons of “national security” should also be scrapped, the Joint Committee on Human Rights [JCHR] said. Its report on the Protection of Freedoms Bill, due to proceed through its remaini... [More]

Forensic DNA Could Make Criminal Justice Less Fair

by jeeg 10. October 2011 20:24
Forensic DNA databases are a potentially powerful law enforcement tool, but may disproportionately target poor and dark-skinned wrongdoers, biotechnologically magnifying flaws in criminal justice systems. “Forensic DNA databases are growing to mirror racial disparities in arrest practices and incarceration rates,” write sociologists Troy Duster and Peter Chow-White in an Oct. 4 Public Library of Science Medicine essay. In the last decade, as DNA became the gold standard of fo... [More]

Groups petition FDA to require labeling of GMO food

by jeeg 5. October 2011 21:46
The Center for Food Safety said Tuesday it has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking mandatory labeling for foods made from genetically engineered crops, a move long opposed by big biotech companies.   "They should label the foods and let consumers know. This carte blanche they've been giving the industry is not acceptable," said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS), in an interview.   "There are novel ing... [More]

As Amanda Knox walks free, now DNA evidence is on trial

by jeeg 4. October 2011 22:41
The sensational acquittal of Amanda Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito should serve as a warning to prosecutors the world over who rely on hi-tech DNA evidence to make their case: be careful what you wish for.  Because it is clear that DNA, the very stuff of life, does not always provide the ironclad evidence that modern forensic scientists insist it does. With no obvious motive, no independent witnesses and no confessions, the Italian prosecutors had to rely on genetic e... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine on the Global Human Rights Challenges of Forensic DNA

by jeeg 3. October 2011 20:39
DNA testing was initially introduced into the criminal justice system on a case by case basis as a method of developing supplemental evidence to be used in convicting those guilty of committing violent felonies.  Over just a short time, however, the balance between the legitimate needs of law enforcement and individual rights has been lost. In the last fifteen years forensic DNA collection and the re­sulting databases have changed dra­matically, with DNA collection by law enfo... [More]
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