Indian Parliamentary committee slams regulatory system on GM crops

by jeeg 9. August 2012 23:17
The parliamentary committee on agriculture has strongly criticised the regulatory system on genetically modified (GM) crops in the country, calling it inadequate and ineffective. Speaking to Down To Earth soon after tabling the report in the Lok Sabha on August 9, chairperson of the 31-member standing committee, Basudeb Acharia of the CPM, said, “The committee found that the present regulatory system in our country which comprises of Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC)... [More]

Numbers trump genetic diversity in survival stakes

by jeeg 9. August 2012 22:31
As a species tumbles towards extinction, populations with few members are more likely to die off than those with low genetic diversity. At least that’s the message from a 12-year-long experiment by husband-and-wife team Tim Wootton and Cathy Pfister of the University of Chicago in Illinois. Understanding the relative importance of these two factors is key to designing effective conservation strategies. It may be common sense to focus on boosting numbers if demographics matter more, and ... [More]

Clinical Pathology Laboratories Should Be Aware of New Malpractice Risks from Genetic Testing

by jeeg 9. August 2012 22:26
Genetic testing is creating a new source of medical malpractice liability and early cases have generated substantial settlements for the plaintiffs. Any clinical laboratory organization or pathologist involved in genetic testing should pay serious attention to this emerging field of malpractice law. In particular, the media is reporting on malpractice lawsuits that involve prenatal genetic testing that was performed on behalf of parents who were attempting to determine the possibility of seriou... [More]

Stop Hyping Alzheimer's Cures, Learn to Care for People Who Have the Disease

by jeeg 9. August 2012 22:20
You can’t escape the seemingly ubiquitous news stories about the latest cure for Alzheimer’s. There is only one problem: None of them are true. Some are simply frauds. But many are over-hyped interpretations of serious research. You know the story…In what may be a major breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease… Over at Dr. Al Power wrote a terrific blog post the other day about how wishful thinking–and not a little greed&... [More]

DNA and the Fourth Amendment

by jeeg 7. August 2012 01:04
Earlier this year, Maryland’s highest court held that collection of DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. stayed that ruling while the Supreme Court decides whether to hear Maryland’s appeal of the state court decision. The Supreme Court should take up this case, but there was no good reason for the chief justice to allow the polic... [More]

For now, Md. police can take DNA from charged criminals, Supreme Court says

by jeeg 3. August 2012 23:54
Police in Maryland can resume collecting DNA from suspects charged — but not yet convicted — in violent crimes, and the U.S. Supreme Court might be inclined to let them do so permanently. U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued an opinion Monday saying there is a “fair prospect” the court will overturn the Maryland Court of Appeals controversial Alonzo Jay King Jr. v State of Maryland decision, which prohibited DNA collection from suspects charg... [More]

Expansion of criminal DNA database begins in NY

by jeeg 2. August 2012 23:28
Changes intended to include more people in New York's DNA database of criminals has taken effect. New York is now collecting DNA samples from everyone convicted of a felony or penal misdemeanor. The so-called "all-crimes DNA" program was authorized in a law earlier this year. The measure that took effect Wednesday will roughly double the collections that are made with saliva swabs, previously from all felons and people convicted of 36 misdemeanors. The new law also expanded access to g... [More]

Supreme Court may review case over DNA samples

by jeeg 1. August 2012 23:39
The Supreme Court signaled on Monday that it may review whether law enforcement officials may collect DNA samples from people who have been accused, but not convicted, of serious crimes. Chief Justice John Roberts put on hold an April 24 decision by a divided Maryland Court of Appeals overturning the 2010 rape conviction of Alonzo Jay King. A lower court had sentenced King to life in prison without the possibility of parole after he was arrested for assault in 2009 and police used his DNA to... [More]
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