Get ready for the risks of genetic testing

by jeeg 13. March 2013 20:41
Would you want to know your future if science could tell it to you? Some forms of commercial genetic testing promise something like this kind of future-telling. But you need to think long and hard about peeking into your own genes to see what they hold in store for your health. It may not be so easy to cope with the bad news that could result. And it is likely that other people could know your genetic future even if you do not consent to tell them. Let's say you send your spit (yes, spit is ... [More]

The British Embryo Authority and the Chamber of Eugenics

by jeeg 12. March 2013 21:17
Scene: A laboratory setting. A scientist begins constructing a new individual by combining parts from two different humans. A new part from one or two additional people is then added. At some point, an electric shock is administered. The scientist observes the composite for a few moments, looking for signs that it is on its way to becoming an autonomous being. It stirs. It's alive. If this sounds unsettlingly familiar, it should, but not because it is a replay of Frankenstein. The procedu... [More]

Request for DNA questioned in fatal bus stop crash

by jeeg 12. March 2013 00:07
Defense attorneys are questioning the motives of authorities who on Friday requested the DNA of Gary Lee Hosey Jr.'s passengers in the crash that left four dead and eight injured in September. Hosey's lawyers, Kristina Wildeveld and Dayvid Figler, said their client told police that he was the driver and that he has accepted responsibility. By seeking the DNA of the passengers, Wildeveld said she now questions police whether have evidence suggesting someone else was driving and suggested ... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine-Genetics in Agriculture

by jeeg 11. March 2013 20:17
New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine:  Genetics in Agriculture   Genetics in agriculture is nothing new; hu­mans have been manipulating other species’ genetics to serve our needs and desires for thousands of years. So when scientists first learned in the late 1970s how to sequence DNA and transfer it from one kind of or­ganism to another, trying to improve food and other crop plants by introduc­ing foreign genes was among the first applications proposed. Today, t... [More]

Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Content

by jeeg 11. March 2013 20:10
Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry. A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods, said the new labeling requirement, to be in place within five years, came in response to consumer demand. “We’ve seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled,” Mr. Gal... [More]

Who's Your Daddy? DNA Truck on Fifth Avenue and Garfield Place

by jeeg 8. March 2013 19:58
If you happen to be a deadbeat dad living in the Slope, you should avoid having brunch at AOC Bistro at all costs.  This photo of a mobile paternity testing lab was taken on 5th Avenue, recently.  So, if you're avoiding paying child support on all those babies that your lying, cheating ex-girlfriend says were because of you...well, you should just find some other place in Park Slope to eat quiche lorraine. Personally, I'm hoping this means that Maury Povich is planning a Very Sp... [More]

Gene Giants Seek "Philanthrogopoly"

by jeeg 8. March 2013 19:48
A report released today by ETC Group warns that 6 multinational Gene Giants control the current priorities and future direction of agriculture research worldwide. Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, Dow, Monsanto and DuPont control 59.8 % of commercial seeds and 76.1 % of agrochemicals. The same 6 companies account for at least 76 % of all private sector R&D in these two sectors. Amid unprecedented corporate concentration, ETC Group’s report provides a critical look at new initiatives laun... [More]

What Do Genes Have to Do With Law? The Supreme Court Doesn't Know

by jeeg 5. March 2013 20:45
Sixty years ago, scientists first discovered DNA, the structure in which a person’s genes are encoded. Since then, our knowledge of the genome has revolutionized medicine. But when it comes to the U.S. legal system, important questions about what a gene is remain unsolved. Here's one question: If a gene is patentable, does that mean a company can claim the rights to the gene's offspring? The U.S. patent law was written in 1793, and it certainly didn’t take into consideration a bi... [More]

Australian BRCA1 gene patent ruling to be appealed

by jeeg 5. March 2013 20:42
A decision that private companies can control human genes will be appealed in the Federal Court.   Cancer groups have applauded the move, and say a win is vital to protect patient access to new tests and treatments. Law firm Maurice Blackburn has lodged documents to appeal a decision last month by Federal Court justice John Nicholas that upheld a patent on the so-called breast cancer gene – mutations in a gene known as BRCA1. Cancer Council head Ian Olver said it was importa... [More]

Should patients understand that they are research subjects?

by jeeg 4. March 2013 21:45
While checking in last month for an appointment with my doctor, I was handed a clipboard and pen and asked to sign a Terms and Conditions of Service form. With a bit of time on my hands, I decided to actually read the document, instead of just checking the box and signing it. I was half reading and half listening to the Cooking Channel tell me how to make the perfect polenta when I reached point 4: "I also understand that my medical information and tissues, fluids, cells and other sp... [More]
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