Moving the GMO Debate Beyond Science-CRG in the News

by jeeg 12. May 2015 22:40
For years, supporters and opponents of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) have debated questions ranging from the safety of engineered crops, to their effects on animals, plants, and the broader environment. But in attributing the stance of GMO opponents to “intuitive reasoning” Stefaan Blancke, Ph.D., and colleagues showed how much supporters have shifted the debate beyond science, toward the thinking of opponents. They cite GMO acceptance by science groups ... [More]

Is DNA the next frontier in privacy?-CRG in the News

by jeeg 11. May 2015 23:34
    In late January, President Barack Obama announced what some have called a moonshot. The $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative seeks to transform the health care system to target therapies to patients according to their unique genetics and environment. The most ambitious part of the initiative is a proposal to enroll 1 million people in essentially a superstudy. Their genomes will be sequenced, their medical experiences will be chronicled through their electr... [More]

Apple Has Plans for Your DNA

by jeeg 6. May 2015 21:14
  Of all the rumors ever to swirl around the world’s most valuable company, this may be the first that could involve spitting in a plastic cup.   Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to launch apps that would offer some iPhone owners the chance to get their DNA tested, many of them for the first time, according to people familiar with the plans.   The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps hosp... [More]

Read this before you freak out over gene-edited superbabies

by jeeg 5. May 2015 23:06
  Sit down America, and let’s talk about making babies. Specifically, designer babies. Because ever since in vitro fertilization made it possible for parents to select embryos with the best genetics, precisely-engineered progeny have been a big fear. And now that a powerful gene-editing technique has been used on human embryos, it’s fine to get a little freaked out. So let’s talk about 21st century trust fund babies with privilege notarized onto their DNA, med... [More]

False positive highlights limitations of familial DNA searching

by jeeg 4. May 2015 23:30
  Michael Usry, a young New Orleans filmmaker, has a flair for the macabre. His award-winning output includes titles like “Murderabilia,” a dark production that spotlights the trade in collectibles related to real-life killings and other violent crimes. Usry’s work can come off as gratuitously violent, as in a clip from the short film “Winding Down” in which his protagonist disembowels a corpse in a basement. But for the Idaho Falls Police Department, h... [More]

When Food Is Genetically Modified

by jeeg 4. May 2015 23:27
To the Editor: Re “How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food” (NY Times Sunday Review, April 26): Mark Lynas claims that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of consuming G.M.O. plants. There is nothing intrinsically safe or dangerous when genes from distant species are introduced into plants. Each genetically modified food is a separate entity that must be independently and rigorously tested to ensure its safety. Unfortunately, current United States regulations do not require s... [More]
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