Screening companies pitch genetic testing for all couples planning to have children

by jeeg 8. January 2015 21:45
      Carrier screening is a type of genetic testing performed on couples who are expecting or planning for a baby to see if they may be at risk for passing a genetic disorder on to their children. Carrier screening was previously targeted at people from certain ethnic g... [More]

Smoking mothers may alter the DNA of their children

by jeeg 4. August 2014 22:07
  Pregnant women who smoke don’t just harm the health of their baby—they may actually impair their child’s DNA, according to new research. The finding may explain why the children of smokers continue to suffer health complications later in life. Babies born to smoking moth... [More]

Welsh police take DNA samples from more than 5,500 children

by jeeg 23. September 2013 20:36
A one-year-old baby is among thousands of children who have had their DNA taken by police officers in Wales. A total of 5,561 kids were swabbed by Wales’ four forces as part of their investigations since 2010. South Wales Police took the most – 2,866 samples since 2010 – but ... [More]

New Guidelines for Genetic Testing in Children

by jeeg 25. February 2013 19:06
Should worried parents be able to test their babies for diseases they may develop down the road, just because they’re curious? Should worried teens be able to screen themselves, without parental knowledge, for disorders that may manifest decades in their future? And what about delving into... [More]

DHS Considers Collecting DNA From Kids; DEA and US Marshals Already Do

by jeeg 16. May 2012 23:32
Documents just released by US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to one of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act requests show that DHS is considering collecting DNA from kids ages 14 and up—and is exploring expanding its regulations to allow collection from kids younger ... [More]

Police bring 1,400 vagrant or abducted kids home

by jeeg 27. September 2011 22:48
Chinese police have helped more than 1,400 homeless or abducted children return to their homes through DNA matching as part of efforts to fight human trafficking since 2009, the Beijing News reported on Sunday. National DNA database has reduced child trafficking in China, Chen Shiqu, director... [More]

Genetic testing for sports genes courts controversy

by jeeg 19. May 2011 18:59
In an era of helicopter parents eager to exploit every competitive edge for their children, at least two companies have begun selling tests that claim to help match youngsters with the sports they are genetically programmed to play best. The DNA scans, the first of an expected wave of attempt... [More]

Genetic testing of kids popular with parents: Good idea?

by jeeg 19. April 2011 19:24
Is genetic testing of children a good idea? Parents seem to think so. New research shows that more than half of parents offered tests to predict their risk of developing common adult health conditions would test their kids as well. But experts caution that gene tests, which are now widely ava... [More]
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