Privacy Issues Stall Newborn Screening Bill

by jeeg 1. December 2014 21:55
  A bill that would support newborn screening nationwide has stalled in Congress because some Republican senators have privacy concerns about genetic research funded by the legislation. The senators won’t comment individually, but the Senate Steering Committee has indicated it wants a... [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]

Retiring Lawmakers on Cutting the Science Pie, 'Selling the Sizzle'

by jeeg 11. November 2010 20:01
Scientists need to change the tenor of the debate to avoid having research swept up in a larger budget cutting exercise by the next Congress.   That's one of many pieces of advice to the U.S. research community from four veteran legislators who have been strong supporters of academ... [More]

Money for Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House

by jeeg 5. November 2010 21:05
Federal financing of science research, which has risen quickly since the Obama administration came to power, could fall back to pre-Obama levels if the incoming Republican leadership in the House of Representatives follows through on its list of campaign promises. In the Republican platform, Pled... [More]

Bill Introduced in Senate to Legalize Stem Cell Funding

by jeeg 14. September 2010 00:57
Sen. Arlen Specter on Monday initiated a drive to legalize federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, superseding conflicting court decisions that he said are slowing critical work to find cures for crippling diseases. The Pennsylvania Democrat, speaking on the Senate floor as senator... [More]

Stem Cell Ban Lifted

by jeeg 12. September 2010 21:24
A federal appeals court here ruled Thursday that federal financing of embryonic stem cell research could continue while the court considers a judge’s order last month that banned the government from underwriting the work. The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals could save... [More]

Stem Cell Debate

by jeeg 10. September 2010 23:15
LAST MONTH, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an injunction barring the federal government from funding research on embryonic stem cells. The judge cited the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which puts off-limits federal dollars for work "in whi... [More]

Stem Cell Ruling to Be Appealed

by jeeg 29. August 2010 06:38
The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would appeal a court ruling challenging the legality of President Obama’s rules governing human embryonic stem cell research, as the head of the National Institutes of Health said the decision would most likely force the ... [More]

House votes to expand national DNA arrest database

by jeeg 21. May 2010 21:05
Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.   By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will p... [More]

U.S. House panel probes personal genetic tests

by jeeg 20. May 2010 02:24
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives committee is investigating personal genetic testing kits after one company attempted to sell its test through retailers, lawmakers said on Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Committee asked 23andMe Inc, Navigenics Inc and Pathway Ge... [More]
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