Wanton Misconduct:A biotech whistleblower's ten year struggle against one of the world's largest corporations.

by jeeg 7. October 2013 18:24
This is the story of a whistleblower: me. I was working as a molecular biologist at a Pfizer laboratory. After I raised concerns about worker safety at the lab, I was told to stop documenting the problems I saw; when I continued to raise concerns, another employee was assigned to work on a dangerous genetically engineered virus on my bench without my knowledge; when I became ill and requested records of what viruses I may have been exposed to in the lab, Pfizer refused; when I took the ... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine-Religion & Genetics

by jeeg 3. October 2013 23:00
Advancements in medical genetics have challenged the long-standing relationship between science and religion. Both genetics and religion can affect notions of family and parenthood, appreciation of diversity and equality, conceptualization of health and disease, and personal identity.  To study the interface of religion and spirituality and genetics is to study the interaction of two powerful interpretive schemes for self-understanding.   The new issue of GeneWatch magazine, no... [More]

Canada looks at plan to collect DNA from suspects upon arrest

by jeeg 2. October 2013 20:51
The federal government is considering a move to collect DNA samples from suspects upon arrest for certain crimes, a significant expansion of current DNA databank laws that is raising concerns for criminal defence lawyers and civil-rights advocates. In a recent interview, Peter MacKay told The Globe and Mail that he spoke with Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney over the summer about DNA databank legislation and how it can assist police with criminal investigations. “I know there&rsquo... [More]

US Government Research Disrupted as Lawmakers Spar over Funding.

by jeeg 2. October 2013 20:24
The US government entered a state of suspended animation on 1 October after Congress failed to agree on a budget for the next fiscal year, causing federal agencies — including those overseeing science policy and research — to shut down indefinitely. Most government scientists were ordered to stay at home, their offices and labs closed or run by a skeleton staff of ‘essential’ workers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation ... [More]

US Government Research Disrupted as Lawmakers Spar over Funding.

by jeeg 2. October 2013 20:24
The US government entered a state of suspended animation on 1 October after Congress failed to agree on a budget for the next fiscal year, causing federal agencies — including those overseeing science policy and research — to shut down indefinitely. Most government scientists were ordered to stay at home, their offices and labs closed or run by a skeleton staff of ‘essential’ workers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation ... [More]

The monarchs were missing this summer ... and we and weather were to blame

by jeeg 1. October 2013 21:35
Bob Gobeil, a volunteer for the Maine Butterfly Survey, and his wife Rose Marie traipse through fields of yellow and purple wildflowers past an old clapboard farmhouse. Bald eagles soar overhead. "These fields should be full of flying monarchs because of the amount of milkweed, literally acres, it's almost perfect for butterflies,” Gobeil said. “If you're looking for monarchs, milkweed is the key." With its white sap, cottony seeds and big green leaves, it's the one plant tha... [More]
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