Australia's NHMRC releases guidelines after concerns online genetic tests may not meet quality standards

by jeeg 10. December 2014 00:11
  Experts are warning Australians to be extremely careful when ordering genetic tests online, saying the tests may not meet Australian quality and reliability standards. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released new advice for consumers, after genetic tests have ... [More]

Emerging DNA technology will impinge on privacy: civil liberties australia

by jeeg 18. November 2013 23:57
CIVIL Liberties Australia is concerned emerging DNA technology that allows police to determine eye and hair colour of potential suspects will impinge on privacy and help create a national DNA database. But forensic officer for Victoria Police Runa Daniel said information gained from the technolog... [More]

Genetic Testing Results In Discrimination For Life Insurance in Australia

by jeeg 3. September 2013 21:45
A case study discusses an example of life insurance discrimination due to genetic test results for cancer predisposition. James (pseudonym), in his early 20s, was denied full life insurance coverage because he revealed that he had discussed genetic testing with a genetic counselor. He was lat... [More]

In Australia, Gene Patents Also Subject of High Court Struggle

by jeeg 24. April 2013 00:37
The U.S. Supreme Court isn't the only high court considering a precedent-setting case on patenting human genes. Australia's Full Federal Court this week began proceedings in an appeal of an earlier decision that upheld the validity of breast cancer diagnostic tests developed by Myriad Genetics&m... [More]

Australian BRCA1 gene patent ruling to be appealed

by jeeg 5. March 2013 20:42
A decision that private companies can control human genes will be appealed in the Federal Court.   Cancer groups have applauded the move, and say a win is vital to protect patient access to new tests and treatments. Law firm Maurice Blackburn has lodged documents to appeal a decision l... [More]

Australian court backs claim to own breast cancer gene

by jeeg 15. February 2013 18:30
Can companies patent human genes? It was the question considered by an Australian federal court judge who on Friday ruled that a U.S. biotech company was within its rights to hold Australian patent 686004.   That patent covers mutations of the human gene BRCA1 which point to a greater h... [More]

DNA Barcodes Next Step in Fighting Crime in South Australia

by jeeg 22. August 2012 00:12
COUNTERFEITERS, cattle rustlers, terrorists and drug cartels are all potential targets for DNA barcode technology to be commercially launched soon by Adelaide company GeneWorks, managers say. But the $82 billion global security market is not the only industry expected to benefit from the Theb... [More]

Gene test results to be passed on without consent

by jeeg 31. May 2012 20:55
PEOPLE tested for predisposition to a genetic disease will no longer have a say in whether their results are given to their close relatives, under proposed changes to NSW laws. The NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, has introduced legislation to allow doctors to inform a patient's blood relative... [More]

Myriad Genetics’ cancer gene patents go to trial in Australia

by jeeg 22. February 2012 21:55
Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City and other biotechnology companies can’t monopolize disease treatment by patenting human genetic material, an Australian trial was told this week in the country’s first challenge to ownership of DNA molecules. Cancer Voices Australia, a nation... [More]

Gene rights ban rejected

by jeeg 22. September 2011 19:57
A PROPOSED ban on the controversial patenting of human genetic material has lost the support of a Senate committee which threatens to renew the intense debate that has pitched patients and doctors against researchers and biotech companies. A narrow majority of the Senate Legal and Constitutio... [More]
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