24. August 2012 01:53
Swiss police are demanding compulsory DNA tests for asylum seekers after saying a rise in the numbers applying to stay in the country had a direct link with an increase in crime.
Police believe that the DNA database will allow a faster clear up rate of crimes by matching evidence found at the crime scene.
The idea has received widespread support after police statistics for the first six months of 2012 showed a 77 per cent increase in the number of crimes committed by asylum seekers.
22. August 2012 00:12
COUNTERFEITERS, cattle rustlers, terrorists and drug cartels are all potential targets for DNA barcode technology to be commercially launched soon by Adelaide company GeneWorks, managers say.
But the $82 billion global security market is not the only industry expected to benefit from the Thebarton firm's patent-pending DNA stamp, an invisible and unique tag which can be applied to bank notes, wine, pharmaceuticals, computer chips, artwork, even people to track and authenticate.
21. August 2012 21:16
Despite the fact there are 70 billion copies of it in existence, very few people have actually read the book Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves in DNA, by George Church and Ed Regis. The reason? It is written in the basic building blocks of life: Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA.
Church, along with his colleague Sriram Kosuri, both molecular geneticists from the Wyss Institute for Biomedical Engineering at Harvard, used the book to demonstrate a breakthrough in DNA... [More]
20. August 2012 23:38
The Vermont Supreme Court has been asked to rule on the constitutionality of a 2009 law allowing the state to take DNA samples from people charged with but not yet convicted of crimes.
Lower court rulings effectively have blocked the state from carrying out the law, says a lawyer who has been following the issue. The law was enacted after the 2008 rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl in Randolph.
‘‘Effectively it’s a statewide stay,’’ Defender Gener... [More]
20. August 2012 22:41
It is a sign of the times — getting a quick DNA test is now as easy as walking up to a truck
The “Who’s Your Daddy” recreational vehicle is selling DNA tests, mostly to fathers who suspect their children may not actually be theirs.
“They flag us down, they pull us over, they talk to us,” owner and operator Jared Rosenthal said Wednesday. “Sometimes, because of the nature of the services, they want to be a little more discreet about it, but t... [More]
17. August 2012 04:44
A U.S. federal appeals court has once again affirmed the right of Myriad Genetics Inc to patent two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer, after the U.S. Supreme Court told it to take another look at the hotly contested case.
A 2-1 panel of the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Thursday upheld the biotechnology company's right to patent "isolated" genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, which account for most inherited forms of breast and ovarian cancers.... [More]
10. August 2012 19:21
On 27 July, the regents of the University of California (UC) took a step unprecedented in U.S. history, one that laboratory safety experts believe is likely to help raise the customarily lax safety standards that have prevailed until now in many academic labs across the country. In a 38-page settlement with the district attorney of Los Angeles County, the regents of the prestigious 10-campus institution agreed to “acknowledge and accept responsibility for the conditions” in the l... [More]
10. August 2012 19:02
The National Institutes of Health is seeking proposals for research projects on the implications of information obtained from sequencing the genome to identify diseases in newborns. The intent of funding such projects is to further the understanding of disorders that appear during the newborn period and to improve treatments for these diseases.
Whole genome sequencing is a laboratory method that can determine the entire DNA sequence of a person's genetic material, or genome, from ... [More]
10. August 2012 00:30
Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have relaxed New Jersey's strict surrogate parenting law, saying the state hadn't yet answered the "profound" questions that surround creating a child through a contract.
According to the governor's statement explaining the veto obtained by The Star-Ledger, "Permitting adults to contract with others regarding a child in such a manner unquestionably raises serious and significant issues."
"In contrast to traditional surrogacy, a g... [More]
10. August 2012 00:19
A new method of prenatal testing that can detect more genetic problems in a fetus than ever before could be headed toward wider use after encouraging results from a clinical trial, researchers said.
The study, which is expected to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal soon, found that the new technique, microarray, surpassed standard testing in detecting chromosomal abnormalities that can cause problems like autism or mental retardation.
“The last 8 to 12 mon... [More]