Gov. Brown vetoes bill allowing women to sell their eggs to research

by jeeg 14. August 2013 21:02
Writing "not everything in life is for sale nor should it be," Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed legislation seeking to repeal a California law prohibiting women from selling their eggs for medical research. "The questions raised here are not simple; they touch matters that are both personal... [More]

California bill would prevent genetic-testing firms from using surreptitiously obtained DNA

by jeeg 23. May 2013 22:49
If you want to keep your DNA to yourself, be sure not to leave any stray hairs, Q-tips or underwear lying around. There are genetic testing companies out there willing to reveal your most intimate biological secrets to anybody -- without your knowledge or permission. And under California l... [More]

Senator Padilla Introduces Bill to Protect Genetic Privacy in California

by jeeg 25. February 2013 18:56
Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) this week introduced SB 222, which would establish the California Genetic Information Privacy Act.  SB 222 would prohibit the unauthorized collection, analysis, transfer or storage of an individual’s genetic information.     “I str... [More]

Vote for the Dinner Party

by jeeg 12. October 2012 20:09
One of the more interesting things we will learn on Nov. 6 is whether or not there is a “food movement” in America worthy of the name — that is, an organized force in our politics capable of demanding change in the food system. People like me throw the term around loosely, partly b... [More]

California and the Fourth Amendment

by jeeg 20. September 2012 01:42
On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is scheduled to reconsider whether California violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against searches and seizures by requiring police to take DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted of felonies. Califor... [More]

Ninth Circuit En Banc Argument in Arrestee DNA Collection Case – September 19!

by jeeg 10. September 2012 21:04
On Wednesday, September 19, in the circuit headquarters courthouse in San Francisco, the Ninth Circuit will hold a reargument en banc of Haskell v. Harris.  In that case, people arrested challenged  California’s statute requiring them to provide DNA samples for inclusion in the s... [More]

Playing fast and loose with DNA

by jeeg 31. July 2012 23:59
An appellate panel should limit the scope of California's Proposition 69, which authorized DNA collection of anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony. In 2004 California voters approved Proposition 69, which authorized the collection of DNA evidence not just from convicted offenders and peopl... [More]

Federal court taking second look at Calif. DNA law

by jeeg 27. July 2012 23:32
A federal appeals court decided to take another look at a California law that requires DNA samples to be taken from anyone arrested for a felony, not just after a conviction.   A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law in February on a 2-1 vote. But the court said ... [More]

California Considers DNA Privacy Law

by jeeg 21. May 2012 19:21
California lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at protecting their state's citizens from surreptitious genetic testing but scientists are voicing their growing concerns that, if passed, such a law would have a costly and damaging effect on research.   The bill, dubbed the Genetic Inform... [More]

Initiative to label GMO food likely to appear on California ballot

by jeeg 15. May 2012 23:57
A California initiative to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients appeared headed for the ballot in November after organizers said on Wednesday they had gathered nearly 1 million signatures in favor of the measure. The hotly contested proposal is similar to measur... [More]
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