Vermont court rules no DNA collection until conviction

by jeeg 12. July 2014 15:42
The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled in favor of more than 100 alleged offenders. The case dealt with the collection of their DNA and a suspect's right to keep their genetic material private prior to conviction. The ruling won't overturn any convictions because the practice of collecting a suspect's DNA has been on hold since the court challenges began, but there's no way to know how many unsolved cases will remain that way due to the decision. In a 3-2 decision issued Friday, the Vermont Sup... [More]

It’s 10 o'Clock -- Do You Know Where Your Bubonic Plague Is?

by jeeg 12. July 2014 15:29
In every one of the dozens of bioterrorism meetings I have attended over the last three decades, experts have stated unequivocally that the worst-case outbreak scenario would be smallpox in the hands of bad guys. And the most alarming other microbial possibilities that follow? Well, anthrax was always somewhere in the top five. And this is why, as political leaders were repeatedly told over the years, scientists needed to safely store these dangerous microbes in high-security labs, conducting... [More]

Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

by jeeg 12. July 2014 15:25
It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week. The issue was genetically modified organisms, or GMOs as they're often known in the food industry. And members of the subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, as well as their four experts, agree... [More]

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Indiana storing blood & DNA of 2 million children without parents' consent

by jeeg 12. July 2014 15:14
As word of an Eyewitness News investigation spreads through Holliday Park, parents admit they are surprised."You're kidding, right? I had no idea," said Ramon Moore, playing catch with his 7-year-old son, Xavier."I didn't know that at all," agreed Holly Ruth, holding her 3-month old son, Lincoln."Nobody ever told me," echoed Mallory Ervin, chasing her 4-year-old son, Theo, on the playground.Xavier, Lincoln, Theo and millions of other Indiana children all have something in common: the sta... [More]

Canada Agency Clashes With Insurers on Genetic Testing

by jeeg 10. July 2014 22:51
  A Canadian agency is pushing life and health insurers to stop asking applicants for access to genetic test results, drawing resistance from an industry that says the data help companies properly price policies. The request today from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada asks insurers to go beyond their voluntary moratorium on asking clients to undergo tests. Without the assurance of permanent privacy, some people would be discouraged from undergoing exams because the resul... [More]

Biotech reels over patent ruling

by jeeg 10. July 2014 22:48
  Guidelines that forbid patents on a wide array of natural products, phenomena and principles have many in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries worried about the future of their business. The rules, issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office in March, are open to public comment until 31 July and are reactions to two recent decisions by the US Supreme Court. In March 2012, the court ruled against Prometheus Laboratories in San Diego, California, saying that the company coul... [More]

David Cameron in talks with EU leaders over international DNA database

by jeeg 10. July 2014 22:46
  David Cameron has been involved in talks which could increase cooperation over policing in Europe, documents show. Ministers have told EU leaders that they will make a decision on whether to take part in a Europe-wide DNA database by 1 December next year and have promised to compensate Brussels if Britain decides to pull out. Britain insisted on the right to opt out of 133 EU-wide policing measures when it signed the Lisbon treaty in 2007. It has until December this year to decide wh... [More]

Smallpox vials, decades old, found in storage room at NIH campus

by jeeg 10. July 2014 00:24
  A government scientist cleaning out a storage room last week at a lab on the National Institutes of Health’s Bethesda campus found decades-old vials of smallpox, the second incident involving the mishandling of a highly dangerous pathogen by a federal health agency in a month. The vials, which appear to date from the 1950s, were flown Monday by government plane to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, officials said Tuesday. Initial testing conf... [More]

Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It

by jeeg 7. July 2014 18:47
  At home in Lisbon, a gay couple invited friends over to a birthday celebration, and at the end of the evening shared a surprise — an ultrasound image of their baby, moving around in the belly of a woman in Pennsylvania being paid to carry their child. “Everyone was shocked, and asked everything about how we do this,” said Paulo, who spoke on the condition that neither his last name nor that of his husband, João, be used since what they were doing is a crime in... [More]

Biometrics are coming for you

by jeeg 7. July 2014 18:44
  Biometrics are on the rise — and they’re coming to a store, street and office near you. The private sector is funneling billions of dollars into researching and developing biometric surveillance, for facial recognition and analysis technologies. And lawmakers are beginning to take notice. At the end of June the U.S. Department of Commerce convened a “multistakeholder process” charged with developing a “voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies... [More]
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