N.J. Senate committee OKs bill allowing DNA collection in minor crime convictions

by jeeg 19. June 2014 23:05
  Police would be able to collect DNA from people convicted of minor crimes, a move that would greatly expanding the number of those required to provide samples, if a bill approved Thursday becomes law. Previously, DNA samples were taken from sex offenders and people who committed certain violent crimes such as manslaughter. The bill approved Thursday would expand that to include people convicted of disorderly persons offenses such as prostitution, domestic violence or possession of so... [More]

Donor Deaths in India Highlight Surrogacy Perils

by jeeg 18. June 2014 23:35
  When Yuma Sherpa told doctors at a private fertility clinic here that she wanted to back out, her husband's lawyer says they encouraged her to keep going. Sherpa was assured the pain of the injections to make her super-ovulate, or produce far more than the usual one egg during her menstrual cycle, would end once her eggs were harvested. But when the 26-year-old shop assistant died after the surgery in January, her husband filed a complaint with the Delhi Medical Council charging medic... [More]

U.S. Government Ties El Salvador USD 277 M Aid Package to Monsanto’s GMO Seeds

by jeeg 17. June 2014 23:07
  The President of the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technologies (CESTA), Ricardo Navarro, has demanded that the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, stops pressurizing the Government of El Salvador to buy Monsanto’s GM seeds rather than non-GMO seeds from domestic suppliers.   “I would like to tell the U.S. Ambassador to stop pressuring the Government (of El Salvador) to buy ‘improved’ GM seeds,” said Navarro, wh... [More]

Ben & Jerry's Supports Vermont in GMO-Labeling Fight

by jeeg 17. June 2014 23:05
  Iconic Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced a name change for a popular flavor Monday to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms. Gov. Peter Shumlin and company co-founder Jerry Greenfield together promoted a legal fund set up to fight the lawsuit outside the ice cream maker's downtown Burlington store. "We now need your help to beat the food manufacturers," the governor said. Ben & Je... [More]

NY plays central role in GMO labeling debate

by jeeg 13. June 2014 21:48
  Agricultural, food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing genetically modified crops in New York, highlighting the state's pivotal role in debates about what Americans should know about the products they consume. Supporters argue people should know if food contains GMO ingredients. Opponents say GMOs are safe and that labels will increase prices while unnecessarily frightening consumers. A study shows the... [More]

Vermont Sued by Grocer Group to Block GMO Food Label Law

by jeeg 13. June 2014 19:59
  Vermont was sued by the packaged food industry in the first of what may be a series of lawsuits to block genetically modified organisms or GMO labeling requirements. Vermont last month became the first state in the U.S. to make GMO labeling mandatory, following failed attempts to pass similar laws in California and Washington. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and three other groups, in a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Rutland, Vermont, said the state’s law viol... [More]

New Consumer Reports Poll Shows Consumer Demand for Strong Federal Standards for Genetically Engineered Food

by jeeg 11. June 2014 21:16
  According to a new national poll by Consumer Reports released today, an overwhelming majority of U.S. consumers think that before genetically engineered (GE) food is sold, it should be labeled accordingly (92% of consumers) and meet long-term safety standards set by the government (92%). The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) currently does not require labeling or pre-market safety assessments of GE food. Similarly, 92% of Americans specifically agreed that the government shoul... [More]

Does Family Medical History Matter to a Health Nut?

by jeeg 10. June 2014 23:33
  Last winter, while reporting a feature for this magazine, I was sitting in the Stanford office of Atul Butte, a pediatrician-slash-computer-scientist-slash-wunderkind, and he was touting the promise of the personal genetics revolution. Health care is on the brink of being totally transformed by the insights given to medicine by being able to see, and increasingly understand, the human genome, including new insights about how the genes that cause disease do (or don’t) get exp... [More]

She's Her Own Twin

by jeeg 10. June 2014 20:23
  Lydia Fairchild was a proud mother who faced the most unusual of challenges. She had to fight in court to prove the children born from her body were her own. "I knew that I carried them, and I knew that I delivered them. There was no doubt in my mind," Fairchild said. Fairchild's fight for her kids began when she was 26-years-old, unemployed and applying for public assistance in Washington state. Everyone in her family had to be tested to prove they were all related. The Department ... [More]

CRG Led Forensic Genetics Policy Initiative Publishes Article in the Egyptian Journal of Forensic Science

by jeeg 9. June 2014 18:40
Background The Forensic Genetics Policy Initiative (www.dnapolicyinitiative.org) is a civil society-led project which aims to set human rights standards for DNA databases around the world, by establishing best practice and involving experts, policy makers and members of the public in open debate. The authors have collected a comprehensive data set of information on the state of forensic DNA profiling and the development of DNA databases for policing purposes in more than 100 countries. Th... [More]
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