31. October 2013 20:58
Foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy will not be allowed to come on a tourist visa from Friday with the home ministry ordering strict adherence of surrogacy laws.
In an order, the home ministry said several instances of foreign nationals visiting India on tourist visa for commissioning surrogacy have been reported and no such relaxation would be allowed after November 1.
"This is (tourist visa) not the appropriate visa category and such foreign... [More]
31. October 2013 20:49
Governments these days are not content with agriculture that merely provides good food. In line with the dogma of neoliberalism they want it to contribute as much wealth as any other industry towards the grand goal of “economic growth”. High tech offers to reconcile the two ambitions – producing allegedly fabulous yields, which seems to be what’s needed, and becoming highly profitable. The high-tech flavour of the decade is genetic engineering, supplying custom-built cr... [More]
29. October 2013 18:47
Sometimes political candidates screw up on the campaign trail. They might make a gaffe or two during a speech, but it’s the rare politician indeed who plagiarizes off of WIkpedia. And that’s exactly what Rachel Maddow caught Senator Rand Paul doing at a speech in Virginia, in which he lifted parts of the Wikipedia entry on… the movie Gattaca.
Maddow found this to be obviously strange, especially coming from someone “trying to be a candidate for president, which Rand P... [More]
29. October 2013 01:03
If you want a look at a high-profile field dealing with a lot of humbling snags, peer into #ASHG2013, the Twitter hashtag for last week’s meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, held in Boston. You will see successes, to be sure: Geneticists are sequencing and analyzing genomes ever faster and more precisely. In the last year alone, the field has quintupled the rate at which it identifies genes for rare diseases. These advances are leading to treatments and cures for obscure... [More]
29. October 2013 00:53
Prompted by concerns over the ease with which foreigners will be able to travel in and out of the country once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) commences in 2015, the Institute for Forensic Medicine is calling on the government to collect the DNA of all migrant workers entering the country, to be stored in a national database for future identification.
The proposal has been met with criticism from all sides, ranging from employers, who cite the high cost, to human rights advocates, who ... [More]
24. October 2013 22:52
More than 1.7 million DNA profiles of innocent adults and children have been deleted from the national database, ministers have revealed.
As part of the Government's commitment to slim down the amount of information held by the state, more than 1.6 million fingerprint records from innocent people have also been deleted.
Some 480,000 of the DNA profiles removed from the database were from children, Criminal Information Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach told Parliament.
In a written ... [More]
22. October 2013 23:35
A lobbying group for major U.S. food manufacturers has violated campaign finance laws in its attempt to block a measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington state, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the state's attorney general.
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson alleges that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the identity of its contributors.
GMA, which represents some ... [More]
22. October 2013 22:57
Review Essay: Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber, eds. Genetic Explanations: Sense and Nonsense (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013
Fall 2013: Vol 12, No 3
This timely and important collection brings together a group of prominent geneticists, biologists, medical researchers, psychologists, philosophers, and historians to engage in what Stephen Jay Gould in The Mismeasure of Man referred to as “debunking as positive science”: “sound debunking must do more than repl... [More]
22. October 2013 00:00
When the state of New York expanded its DNA database last year, I didn’t give it much thought.
After all, I am not a criminal, so it’s not like my DNA is going to be in the database anytime soon.
And the use of DNA evidence has been, by and large, a good thing. This valuable genetic material provides evidence that solves crimes, but it can also exonerate and overturn wrongful convictions.
I recently watched the 2010 film “Conviction,” which tells the moving an... [More]
21. October 2013 23:12
There is no scientific consensus that genetically modified foods and crops
are safe, according to a statement released today by an international group
of over 85 scientists, academics and physicians.
The statement comes in response to recent claims from the GM industry and
some scientists and commentators that there is a “scientific
consensus” that GM foods and crops are safe for human and animal
health and the environment. The statement calls such claims