The FDA Is Not Anti-Genetics

by jeeg 22. January 2014 21:54
When the FDA shut down biotech company 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer Personal Genome Service, many in the biotech community worried that the FDA was risking the survival of a nascent industry that would revolutionize medical care with new genetic technologies. But lost in the story about ... [More]

I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results

by jeeg 31. December 2013 05:21
I like to plan ahead; that much I knew about myself before I plunged into exploring my genetic code. I’m a healthy 28-year-old woman, but some nasty diseases run in my family: coronary heart disease,  rheumatoid arthiritis,Alzheimer's and breat cancer. So I decided to read the t... [More]

Gene tests raise murky medical issues

by jeeg 31. December 2013 05:16
In early December, Harvard geneticist George Church addressed a crowd of about 150 life science professionals gathered at Google’s Cambridge office and asked how many of them had had their genomes sequenced. Not a single person raised a hand. Church appeared to have expected the negative re... [More]

Three Biological Parents and a Baby

by jeeg 17. December 2013 19:12
Alana Saarinen sat at the piano, playing smoothly and with feeling. Behind her, plastic toys shared floor space with a book of plays she’d been writing. Her mother beamed. Alana is apparently a normal, well-adjusted 13-year-old. But there is something extraordinary about her — eve... [More]

The Failed Promise of 23andMe

by jeeg 5. December 2013 01:25
Over the past decade, we have heard about the “fat gene,” the “diabetes gene,” the “alcoholism gene,” the “intelligence gene,” even the “God gene.” In the end, none of these so-called discoveries proved correct. Genetics is more com... [More]

Genetic Testing Should Adhere to Medical, Not Business, Ethics

by jeeg 2. December 2013 23:24
This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe, demanding that it immediately stop marketing and selling its DNA testing service until it receives approval from the agency tasked with regulating medical tests a... [More]

Stop selling those DNA tests, FDA tells 23andMe

by jeeg 25. November 2013 21:08
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered DNA testing company 23andMe to stop marketing its over-the-counter genetic test, saying it’s being sold illegally to diagnose diseases, and with no proof it actually works. The heavily marketed test includes a kit for sampling saliva, and the... [More]

Forensic analyst debunks food claims using DNA

by jeeg 20. September 2013 21:19
Restaurateurs beware: Chris Weland is not the guy you want to serve a bogus meat dish to if he is out for a meal. The forensic analyst at the University of Guelph’s Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding has used his former police sleuthing skills and the university’s revolutionary bar... [More]

CRG Board Chair Sheldon Krimsky Leads Study Finding Significant Industry Influence in Food Additive Safety Reports

by jeeg 8. August 2013 20:31
All of the notices U.S. regulators received to vouch for the safety of common food additives between 1997 and 2012 were submitted by people who had a vested interest in the outcome of those assessments, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Wednesday.The analysis found th... [More]

Biotech CEOs See Insurers as the New Boogeymen, Not FDA

by jeeg 10. January 2013 19:32
Most biotech executives would have said a few years ago that the FDA was the No. 1 barrier standing in the way of business success. It was the one thing they worried about most. But now biotech CEOs appear to be more concerned about a new kind of threat, coming from the people who... [More]
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