As sequencing moves into clinical use, insurers balk

by jeeg 20. June 2014 01:28
  Aimee Robeson just wants an answer. Her son, Christian, was born in 2010 with multiple, mysterious syndromes that leave him unable to speak, chew, or walk on his own. Initial genetic tests failed to provide a diagnosis. Aimee's hopes are now pinned on a new test called exome sequencing t... [More]

Concerns arise in Chinese bid for genomics firm

by jeeg 6. December 2012 20:56
The pending sale of a major American gene-mapping company to a Chinese firm is sparking yet another dust-up over what sensitive industries the rising Asian power ought to be allowed to dominate in the United States. A key question — as it has been with Chinese involvement in aviation, clou... [More]

Sequencing the genome of an entire population

by jeeg 10. July 2012 22:06
As the first country ever, the Faroe Islands are preparing to sequence the genetic material of its entire population. The FarGen project could become a model for personalised medicine throughout the world. The ambitious Faroese FarGen project has set out to sequence the Faroese genome. The pr... [More]

Genetic screening of unborn babies 'may be inaccurate'

by jeeg 8. June 2012 23:10
New tests for genetic screening of unborn babies will not be 100 per cent accurate and may scare parents into believing their children will be born with a disability when they are healthy, Lord Robert Winston warns.   American experts have developed a blood test which they claim could be... [More]

Combat in Our Genes?

by jeeg 19. January 2011 21:10
Born soldiers may say they have "combat in our genes" — but a new report suggests the Pentagon may want to give the phrase whole new meaning by turning DNA into the next military battleground. The report, prepared by a defense science advisory panel known as JASON and reported by Secrec... [More]

Genetic Soldiers? Advisory Group Urges Pentagon To Map Genes Of All Personnel

by jeeg 14. January 2011 19:10
It sounds like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, but it's not. A new report from a secretive, highly influential group of scientists is urging the Department of Defense to begin collecting and mapping the full genome of all military personnel -- a move that could well give ... [More]

Do-It-Yourself Gene Testing Threatens Myriad’s Monopoly

by jeeg 12. October 2010 23:48
Myriad Genetics sells an expensive genetic test for breast cancer risk for $3000. University of Maryland gene scientist Steven Salzberg thinks people should be able to do it at home  for free. He has created free software that analyzes the genome for 68 mutations in the&nb... [More]
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