Groundbreaking Surgery for Girl Born Without Windpipe

by jeeg 30. April 2013 20:47
Using plastic fibers and human cells, doctors have built and implanted a windpipe in a 2 ½-year-old girl — the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ. The surgery, which took place on April 9 here at Children’s Hospital of Illinois and will be formally announced Tuesday, is only the sixth of its kind and the first to be performed in the United States. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration under rules that allow experimental procedures when ... [More]

Your genetic make up to be stored, without consent, for profit

by jeeg 30. April 2013 20:41
    Dr Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch UK, warned at a MedConfidential event in London that, beyond electronically storing patient records, the next step for the UK is linking these records with DNA and genetic information on an all-in-one database. It is already public policy, she pointed out, and a Human Genomics Strategy Group (HGSG) urged the need for a national DNA database for personalised medicine last year. This was welcomed by the secretary of state for health, whi... [More]

UCLA professor ordered to trial in lab death

by jeeg 29. April 2013 22:10
A University of California, Los Angeles chemistry professor will face a rare prosecution when he stands trial for workplace safety violations in the death of a 23-year-old research assistant, who died of burns from a lab fire, according to county prosecutors. Judge Lisa Lench on Friday ordered 43-year-old Patrick Harran to be tried on three felony counts of violating workplace safety standards in the death of Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji, according to a district attorney's statement. Sangji... [More]

Harvard Professor Re-Identifies Anonymous Volunteers In DNA Study

by jeeg 26. April 2013 21:09
A Harvard professor has re-identified the names of more than 40% of a sample of anonymous participants in a high-profile DNA study, highlighting the dangers that ever greater amounts of personal data available in the Internet era could unravel personal secrets.   From the onset, the Personal Genome Project, set up by Harvard Medical School Professor of Genetics George Church, has warned participants of the risk that someone someday could identify them, meaning anyone could look up t... [More]

Roundup, An Herbicide, Could Be Linked To Parkinson's, Cancer And Other Health Issues, Study Shows

by jeeg 26. April 2013 20:22
Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of "glyphosate," the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food.Those residues enhance the damaging effects of othe... [More]

Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Taken On By Congress In Right-To-Know Act

by jeeg 26. April 2013 20:18
On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced bills to the Senate and House of Representatives that would require food manufacturers to clearly label any product containing genetically engineered ingredients -- or risk having that product classified "misbranded" by the FDA.   Boxer and DeFazio have both previously sponsored bills that would have mandated GMO labeling -- Boxer in 2000 and DeFazio on numerous occasions in concert with former Re... [More]

In Australia, Gene Patents Also Subject of High Court Struggle

by jeeg 24. April 2013 00:37
The U.S. Supreme Court isn't the only high court considering a precedent-setting case on patenting human genes. Australia's Full Federal Court this week began proceedings in an appeal of an earlier decision that upheld the validity of breast cancer diagnostic tests developed by Myriad Genetics—the same tests that were the subject of oral argument before the U.S. high court earlier this week. The Australian legal jousting comes as that nation's policymakers pursue a trio of initiatives... [More]

Gene wars: the last-ditch battle over who owns the rights to our DNA

by jeeg 23. April 2013 01:36
Tracey Barraclough made a grim discovery in 1998. She found she possessed a gene that predisposed her to cancer. "I was told I had up to an 85% chance of developing breast cancer and an up to 60% chance of developing ovarian cancer," she recalls. The piece of DNA responsible for her grim predisposition is known as the BRCA1 gene.   Tracey was devastated, but not surprised. She had sought the gene test because her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother had all died of ovarian canc... [More]

Cancer Centers Racing to Map Patients’ Genes

by jeeg 22. April 2013 23:05
Electric fans growl like airplanes taking off and banks of green lights wink in a basement at Mount Sinai’s medical school, where a new $3 million supercomputer makes quick work of huge amounts of genetic and other biological information. Just a couple of miles away, a competitor, Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell hospital are building a $650 million research tower. Across the street is a newly completed $550 million tower housing labs for a... [More]

‘I thought I just had to sleep it off’: Egg donor sues Toronto fertility doctor after suffering stroke

by jeeg 19. April 2013 21:06
A young Florida woman who suffered a stroke after donating her eggs to a Canadian couple is suing a Toronto fertility doctor and a U.S. egg donor agency for alleged negligence. Kylee Gilman, 24, says that within hours of having 45 eggs removed from her ovaries at the CReATe clinic, in Toronto, she felt nauseous and began vomiting. The following day, Nov. 12, 2011, she suffered a stroke. Ms. Gilman filed her suit Wednesday in Duval County, Fla., against Dr. Edward Ryan, of the Toronto West ... [More]
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