The Genome's Big Data Problem

by jeeg 5. June 2014 20:26
  Medicine will be revolutionised in the 21st century, thanks largely to our increasing understanding and collection of genetic data. Genetic data is information pertaining to part or all of your genome: the DNA structure that makes you you. This is translated into a massive string of letters—approximately six billion characters in length—that can reveal all sorts of things about you. Thanks to the rise of genome se... [More]

Genetics In Court Is a Very Messy Business

by jeeg 5. June 2014 20:21
Courts may soon face the challenge of determining whether genetics can be linked to criminal behavior The “my genes made me do it” defense is not solely reserved for Law and Order SVU. At least, not for long.  As science continues to tell us more and more about genetics, geneticists and medical ethicists believe it’s only a matter of time before people start using genetic predispositions to get them out of guilty verdicts. A precedent has been set with a ... [More]

GeneWatch UK criticized speech by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens

by jeeg 4. June 2014 19:49
  Genetic information is irrelevant to most people's care GeneWatch UK today criticised a speech by the new NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, in which he reportedly argued that the NHS must be transformed to make people's personal genetic information the basis of their treatments (1).  "Stevens appears shockingly ignorant of the irrelevance of genetic information to most people's care" said Dr Helen Wallace, Director of GeneWatch UK, "Plans to sequence everybody's genomes... [More]

Three-parent embryos a step closer to reality after UK Government declares them safe

by jeeg 4. June 2014 19:41
  The prospect of creating IVF embryos with genetic contributions from three people has come a step closer with the Government’s fertility watchdog concluding that there are no scientific reasons to believe that the technique is unsafe. An exhaustive review of the scientific literature has found that transferring mitochondria from one woman’s egg to another to create a “three-parent” IVF embryo is “not unsafe” and should therefore be con... [More]

GMO label bill passes another hurdle in New York

by jeeg 4. June 2014 02:24
  A proposal to require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops is inching closer to a vote in the New York Legislature. The labeling legislation was endorsed Tuesday by the state Assembly's Committee on Codes, a key panel that often signs off on bills before they proceed to a vote of the full House. Proponents say labels would inform consumers. Many agricultural and food companies disagree, noting that there's no evidence to suggest genetically e... [More]

The GMO Deception on NPR

by jeeg 2. June 2014 22:02
  The Author's Corner with Peter Johnson on NPR   Are we being told the truth about GMO foods in our midst? Sheldon Krimsky is Editor/reader here from the new book The GMO Deception.  Along with co-editor Jeremy Gruber and Ralph Nader who wrote the foreword to this informative compilation.   Reading from the Book on NPR’s Author’s Corner  

Over-sampling DNA in Rhode Island

by jeeg 2. June 2014 19:33
  A bill before the Rhode Island General Assembly would give law enforcement sweeping new powers to collect DNA from people placed under arrest. The legislature should refine this measure, which both overreaches and provides insufficient safeguards for the innocent. The proposed measure, recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee, empowers police officers to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a violent crime. Eligible offenses range from murder to assault, robbery and ... [More]

Watch CRG Board Chair Sheldon Krimsky Discuss Human Genetic Engineering at the World Science Festival

by jeeg 2. June 2014 19:23
  World Science Festival presents: Designer Genes: Fashion Our Biological Future   Moderator: Emily Senay Participants: George Church, Nita A. Farahany, Jamie A. Grifo, Sheldon Krimsky, Paula Amato   Perhaps the most complicated code in the universe is the one sitting inside our cells, written in DNA. More than three billion letters make up the human genome, giving geneticists plenty to explore...and explore they have. But even as gene therapy, DNA analysis, and geneticall... [More]
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