31. December 2014 21:15
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to hire a chief of laboratory safety, a new post that has taken on more urgency after a CDC scientist was possibly exposed to Ebola in a laboratory last week.
Creating a new high-level safety position was a key recommendation of a months-long internal investigation into the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu in CDC labs this past summer, according to an internal CDC memo obtained by Reuters.
Those incidents called into questi... [More]
31. December 2014 21:12
Police hunting for the killer of a grandmother who was bludgeoned to death with a hammer a year ago, have asked all men in the village where she was killed to give a DNA sample.
Artist Valerie Graves, 55, is believed to have been murdered with a claw hammer at a property in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, near Chichester, West Sussex, on December 30 last year.
Investigating officers have now requested that all men who visit, work or live in the area to voluntarily attend DNA screening sessi... [More]
30. December 2014 21:42
Personalized medicine, the hoped-for use of the information in our genes to inform our medical care, may end up helping people live longer, healthier lives. Or it may not—the jury is still out. But one thing is certain: As our unique genomic data enter our medical records, researchers will be tempted to use that invaluable resource. The results may be good for science but bad for patients’ privacy.
In 2013, reporter Carole Cadwalladr, writing for the Guardian, described ... [More]
25. December 2014 01:53
A laboratory mistake at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have exposed a technician to the deadly Ebola virus, federal officials said on Wednesday. The technician will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the incubation period of the disease. A small number of other employees, fewer than a dozen, who entered a lab where the mistake occurred will also be assessed for exposure.
The error occurred on Monday when a high-security lab at the C.D.C. in Atlanta, w... [More]
24. December 2014 22:28
We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling.
Now new research reports that the answer may lie, in part, in our DNA. Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning of our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.
The human genome is astonishingly comple... [More]
24. December 2014 01:53
Via the Innocence Project:
On the request of the District Attorney’s Office, a Dallas County judge today entered a court order finding Rickey Dale Wyatt innocent of a rape for which he served nearly 31 years. Working closely with the Dallas District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit, the Innocence Project secured Wyatt’s release back on January 4, 2012 based on DNA evidence and the failure of the prosecution to turn over evidence pointing to Wyatt’s innoce... [More]
23. December 2014 00:47
Join us Sunday, January 25th for a respectable Oxford Style debate on GMO technology entitled “GMOs Have an Adverse Effect on Human Health and the Environment” featuring Michael Hansen Senior Staff Scientist at Consumers Union , Sheldon Krimsky CRG Board Chair, professor of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences and Adjunct Professor in Public Health and Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University , ... [More]
18. December 2014 20:03
A coalition of geneticists and computer programmers calling itself the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health is developing protocols for exchanging DNA information across the Internet. The researchers hope their work could be as important to medical science as HTTP, the protocol created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, was to the Web.
One of the group’s first demonstration projects is a simple search engine that combs through the DNA letters of thousands of human genomes stored at ... [More]
18. December 2014 00:54
Myriad Genetics Inc. can’t block competitors’ DNA tests to determine risk for breast and ovarian cancer after a U.S. appeals court said three patents on the tests never should have been issued.
The patents cover products of nature and ideas that aren’t eligible for legal protection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in an opinion posted today on the court’s docket. The court upheld a trial judge’s decision to allow the competing tests... [More]
17. December 2014 23:55
After months of complaints from the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued revised guidelines for its examiners that should make it easier for drug makers and biotechs to obtain patents for their inventions.
In general, the new guidelines take what the agency calls an “integrated approach” for its examiners by addressing all types of claims and what a court might rule is not eligible for a patent.
The initial PTO guidelines were released ... [More]