Genetic Soldiers? Advisory Group Urges Pentagon To Map Genes Of All Personnel

by jeeg 14. January 2011 19:10
It sounds like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, but it's not. A new report from a secretive, highly influential group of scientists is urging the Department of Defense to begin collecting and mapping the full genome of all military personnel -- a move that could well give ... [More]

Biotech lobbying dollars have secured market for genetically modified foods

by jeeg 12. January 2011 22:42
A new study has analyzed the lobbying activities of biotech companies and food patent holders since 1999. While the findings aren't surprising, they are enlightening as to why regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress have shown the biotechnology industry such statutory favoritism.   &n... [More]

Americans’ Concern about the Privacy of Their Genetic Information Reaches New High

by jeeg 11. January 2011 22:01
A report just released by Cogent Research, in partnership with CAHG, reveals that Americans are more concerned than ever about the privacy of their genetic information. Furthermore, this concern is increasingly inhibiting the likelihood that they will consider having a molecular diagnostic tes... [More]

Bioengineered salmon: State bill seeks clear label

by jeeg 7. January 2011 22:38
Assemblyman Jared Huffman isn't taking any chances. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a bid to allow the human consumption of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon, the San Rafael Democrat wants every Californian to know what he or she is getting at the checkout aisle. Cons... [More]

CRG Profiled in New Issue of Forbes Magazine

by jeeg 3. January 2011 20:44
Genome Hackers The next big privacy battle may be over who has access to your DNA. It is becoming surprisingly easy for someone to test your DNA without permission. Every drop of saliva you leave on a Styrofoam coffee cup or hair follicle that falls to the floor contains DNA that in theory can b... [More]

New Issue of Genewatch on Gene Patents

by jeeg 25. December 2010 03:24
Check out the brand new issue of GeneWatch magazine on Gene Patents.  This exciting new issue features interviews with the litigants in the suit against Myriad Genetics.  That case-in which a district court ruled several of Myriad Genetics' patents on genes related to breast ca... [More]

Groups Criticize Presidential Commission's Recommendations on Synthetic Biology as Deeply Flawed

by jeeg 24. December 2010 00:10
'Business as usual' wins out over precaution in proposals for policing synthetic organisms WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today released its recommendations on the oversight of synthetic biology, provoking strong criticism from public intere... [More]

WikiLeaks: US Should Retaliate Against EU for Genetically Modifed Resistance

by jeeg 23. December 2010 04:18
"Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU" [Emphasis added] --Recommendation by US Ambassador to France, Craig Stapleton. WikiLeaked cables released over the weekend revealed more about the US' role as a global bully, tryin... [More]

GM Mosquitoes Soon to be Released in Malaysia, Many Unanswered Questions

by jeeg 16. December 2010 05:21
Malaysia is on the brink of field testing GE mosquitoes in a small town in the state of Pahang, a short distance from Kuala Lumpur. Preparations are said to be underway to release the GE mosquitoes, first, in an uninhabited area and subsequently, in an inhabited area. Another pr... [More]

Debate rages on over production of GM products

by jeeg 15. December 2010 20:34
Every time Zhao Fengxia shops for cooking oil, she checks the label to make sure she is buying non-genetically-modified (GM) soy oil. “I am not sure whether GM food is safe or not. It just sounds scary,” said Zhao, a 47-year-old food safety-conscious consumer who works in a Beijin... [More]
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