Ethics debate in genetics research

by jeeg 27. February 2012 19:11
By the time Camilla Black Grondahl became pregnant with her second child in 2010, she had already watched two older sisters bury sons who were born with a congenital affliction that gave them the appearance of “little old men.” Various health problems made their survival impossible... [More]

Patent Application Involving Improperly Obtained Genetic Samples Abandoned

by jeeg 11. April 2011 19:18
The Network of the Indigenous Peoples-Solomons (NIPS) welcomes the abandonment of a US patent application that uses genetic samples from Solomon Islanders, in a case that raises major ethical questions.   According to the USPTO’s Patent Application Information Retrieval system, U... [More]

DNA sleuthing: OK to snatch a wine glass?

by jeeg 3. March 2011 20:51
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is considering today whether to take up an examination now of ethical issues surrounding neuro-imaging and genetic testing. If it decides to do so, Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, had some adv... [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]

Flirty Models Were Hired in Bid to Find Bone Marrow

by jeeg 22. December 2010 06:19
On its face, it seemed reasonable enough: a bone marrow registry sending recruiters to malls, ballparks and other busy sites to enlist potential donors. But the recruiters were actually flirtatious models in heels, short skirts and lab coats, law enforcement officials say, asking passers-by ... [More]

U.S. Bioethics Commission Gives Green Light to Synthetic Biology

by jeeg 22. December 2010 06:08
The president’s bioethics commission says there is no need to temporarily halt research or to impose new regulations on the controversial new field known as synthetic biology. In a report being issued Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues says that at... [More]

Grassley Questions NIH Ethics

by jeeg 30. October 2010 03:23
Senator Charles Grassley (R–IA) is asking more questions about ethics policies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In one of his last actions as ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Grassley is concerned about intramural researchers at the National Cancer Institute (N... [More]

Break up of genetics advisory panel seen as premature

by jeeg 7. October 2010 21:34
Last month, Steven Teutsch, chief science officer of the Los Angeles County Health Department, received word that the US Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (SACGHS), the expert panel he chairs that advises the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) o... [More]

Couple urged surrogate to abort fetus due to defect

by jeeg 7. October 2010 01:26
When a B.C. couple discovered that the fetus their surrogate  mother was carrying was likely to be born with Down syndrome, they  wanted an abortion. The surrogate, however, was determined to take  the pregnancy to term, sparking a disagreement that has raised  thorny ques... [More]

Horrific medical tests of past raise concerns for today

by jeeg 6. October 2010 00:49
The astounding revelation that U.S. medical researchers intentionally gave Guatemalans gonorrhea and syphilis more than 60 years ago is so horrifying that we want to believe that what happened then could never happen today. We want to believe that doctors are treating the poor, ... [More]
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