U.S. Orders Vast Review of Bioethics

by jeeg 1. December 2010 23:37
President Obama on Wednesday ordered a vast review to ensure the ethical treatment of people who take part in research backed by the federal government. His action is a response to the revelation this year that American scientists intentionally infected people at a Guatemalan mental hospital... [More]

UK's Human Genetics Commission Abolished- Is the Public Interest Being Served?

by jeeg 15. October 2010 21:16
The official announcement from the UK Government on the future of quangos has confirmed the rumoured abolition of the Human Genetics Commission (HGC), which advises the government on new developments in human genetics.  Gone also are the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC) an... [More]

Break up of genetics advisory panel seen as premature

by jeeg 7. October 2010 21:34
Last month, Steven Teutsch, chief science officer of the Los Angeles County Health Department, received word that the US Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (SACGHS), the expert panel he chairs that advises the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) o... [More]

Bioethics Council Hears Pleas for More Oversight of Synthetic Biology

by jeeg 10. July 2010 23:25
This week, a presidential bioethics commission took up a burning new issue in science: the risks and benefits of synthetic biology. Scientists and other witnesses seemed of two minds on whether the field needs major new regulations. While some argued that for radical changes, others argu... [More]

Exposing the Student Body: Stanford Joins U.C. Berkeley in Controversial Genetic Testing of Students

by jeeg 8. July 2010 02:17
This week, the University of California, Berkeley will mail saliva sample kits to every incoming freshman and transfer student. Students can choose to use the kits to submit their DNA for genetic analysis, as part of an orientation program on the topic of personalized medicine. But U.C. Berkel... [More]


by jeeg 6. May 2010 21:01
Welcome to “The Genetic Watchdog,” the new blog of the Council for Responsible Genetics! I hope that you will be a frequent visitor to this spot to keep up to date on all the latest news and activities on the social, ethical, and environmental implications of genetics and biotec... [More]
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