Regulation of genetic tests unnecessary, Canadian government says

by jeeg 14. December 2010 23:37
Industry forecasts indicate that Canadians will soon face a marketing avalanche to persuade them to purchase personal genetic test kits. But while American officials are moving to regulate do-it-yourself genetic testing kits because of concerns that results may be erroneous or may prompt patie... [More]

Like to Sleep Around? Blame Your Genes

by jeeg 3. December 2010 23:26
And the mythology of genetics continues with this story below from Stephanie Pappas at Yahoo News which is an excellent example of exaggeration and outright false reporting on the relevance of genetic research and the power of single gene associations- CRG Staff Wheth... [More]

U.S. Chases Foreign Leaders’ DNA, WikiLeaks Shows

by jeeg 30. November 2010 22:16
Foreign potentates and diplomats beware: the United States wants your DNA. If that chief of mission seemed a bit too friendly at the last embassy party, it might be because the State Department recently instructed U.S. diplomats to collect biometric identification on their foreign interlocuto... [More]

Q&A: Ethics chair on synthetic biology

by jeeg 29. November 2010 22:12
This week, an ethics board convened by U.S. President Barack Obama reached some conclusions about the ethics of this year's landmark experiment in synthetic biology, in which researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland, inserted a synthetic genome into a bacterium, raisin... [More]

Congress, not courts, must fix flaws in gene-patent system

by jeeg 23. November 2010 18:10
THE QUESTION of whether to allow the patenting of human genes now seems destined for the Supreme Court, following a lower-court ruling that struck down a company’s patents on genes used to test for the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. There are reasons to be skeptical of gene patents,... [More]

Murdoch campaigns against gene patenting

by jeeg 17. November 2010 22:48
Sarah Murdoch will have breakfast with federal MPs today as part of a campaign to end the patenting of human genes by biotechnology firms.   "Biotechnology firms should not be granted legal rights over the genes that make up our bodies," the National Breast Cancer Foundation patron sai... [More]

Family health history: 'best kept secret' in care

by jeeg 15. November 2010 20:09
Make Grandma spill the beans: Uncovering all the diseases that lurk in your family tree can trump costly genetic testing in predicting what illnesses you and your children are likely to face. It may sound old-fashioned, but a Cleveland Clinic study comparing which method best uncovered an inc... [More]

GM mosquito wild release takes campaigners by surprise

by jeeg 12. November 2010 22:43
Experts in the safety of genetically modified (GM) organisms have expressed concern over the release of GM mosquitoes into the wild on the Cayman Islands, which was publicised internationally only last month — a year after their initial release. The trial of the OX513A strain of the de... [More]

Not Quite A Thousand Genomes

by jeeg 8. November 2010 22:23
It took about 10 years and almost $3 billion to sequence the first human genome. With current technology, it takes about 4-6 weeks and costs on the order of only $10,000 to $20,000 (or about $1 per gene for all 20,000 genes that make up our genomes). This dramatic reduction in costs is ongoing... [More]

COP10/ Nagoya meet OKs historic genetic deal

by jeeg 3. November 2010 23:26
It went down to the wire, but delegates to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) here reached agreement early Saturday on legally binding international rules for sharing benefits from genetic resources used in food, pharmaceuticals ... [More]
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