28. March 2013 19:35
Authorities have gone too far in allowing claims on DNA
For more than 30 years legal authorities around the world have been arguing about the patentability of DNA. The next round takes place on April 15 when the US Supreme Court hears a challenge to patents held by Myriad Genetics on the two most important genes in which mutations make women susceptible to breast cancer, BRCA1 and 2.
All legal systems hold that a product of nature such as a gene is not patenta... [More]
27. March 2013 00:07
James Watson, who earned the Nobel Prize for helping figure out the structure of DNA, said Thursday that sequencing genes isn't proving to be particularly useful in fighting such diseases as cancer and that much of the research being done on the subject is irrelevant.
Watson made the remarks during an interview with U-T San Diego that was conducted at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, where he joked about the intelligence of the Irish and got into a testy public argument ab... [More]
25. March 2013 23:37
LAST week, scientists sequenced the genome of cells taken without consent from a woman named Henrietta Lacks. She was a black tobacco farmer and mother of five, and though she died in 1951, her cells, code-named HeLa, live on. They were used to help develop our most important vaccines and cancer medications, in vitro fertilization, gene mapping, cloning. Now they may finally help create laws to protect her family’s privacy — and yours.The family has been through a lot with HeLa: they... [More]
21. March 2013 23:32
Doctors who sequence a patient’s full set of genes for any medical reason should look for two dozen unrelated genetic conditions and tell the individual if they find any of them lurking in the DNA, according to a long-awaited report led by a medical geneticist from Boston.
Released Thursday morning, the recommendation by an organization of genetics specialists is the first real effort to delineate how broadly testing laboratories should look for additional potential genetic proble... [More]
21. March 2013 01:29
Whole Foods Market Inc, Trader Joe's and other food retailers representing more than 2,000 U.S. stores have vowed not to sell genetically engineered seafood if it is approved in the United States, a new advocacy group said on Wednesday.The announcement from the Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration appears close to approving genetically engineered salmon from Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies.If it gets final approval from t... [More]
20. March 2013 23:06
Britain’s fertility regulator says it has found broad public support for in vitro fertilization techniques that allow babies to be created with DNA from three people for couples at risk of passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases.
It also found there was no evidence to suggest the techniques were unsafe, but said further research was still necessary.
Critics, however, slammed the decision as a breach of ethics, saying there were already safe methods like egg donation to allow peop... [More]
20. March 2013 22:30
Biologists briefly brought the extinct Pyrenean ibex back to life in 2003 by creating a clone from a frozen tissue sample harvested before the goat's entire population vanished in 2000. The clone survived just seven minutes after birth, but it gave scientists hope that "de-extinction," once a pipedream, could become a reality.
Ten years later, a group of researchers and conservationists gathered in Washington, D.C., for a forum called TEDxDeExtinction, hosted by the Nat... [More]
18. March 2013 21:38
If you go into a bar in Bangkok tonight, don’t be surprised if you find it full of celebrating conservationists.
An international meeting that takes place every three years to regulate trade in endangered animals and plants has bolstered protection for a number of species. Besides agreeing to clamp down more strongly on the trade in ivory and rhino horn, the states party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) took the u... [More]
15. March 2013 22:05
Whole Foods Market (WFM) is being praised in the media for announcing that it will become the first U.S. grocery chain to require that genetically engineered (GE) foods in its stores be labeled, by 2018. This is a victory for consumers and the GE labeling movement. And it’s a major setback for Monsanto, who for 20 years has worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to uphold the myth that GE foods and crops are “substantially equivalent” to non-GE foo... [More]
14. March 2013 00:07
March 13, 2013
Senator Tick Segerblom - Chair
Senator Ruben J. Kihuen - Vice Chair
Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee
401 S. Carson Street, Room 2121Carson City, NV 89701-4747
RE: SB 243
We are very concerned about SB 243, which would allow for the first time the taking of DNA from anyone arrested but not yet convicted of a crime in Nevada. We stand in strong opposition to such proposed legislation.