22. May 2013 21:37
ANGELINA JOLIE’S revelation that she had had a preventive double mastectomy was eloquent and brave. She had learned that she inherited a faulty copy of a gene, BRCA1, that put her at high risk for invasive breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer. Now women everywhere are asking: Should I g... [More]
14. May 2013 23:46
Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy revelation had the unintended side-effect of boosting the share price for the biotech firm that owns the patent to her “breast cancer gene,” highlighting an ongoing US Supreme Court battle over the right to patent life.
On Monday, Jolie tol... [More]
22. April 2013 23:05
Electric fans growl like airplanes taking off and banks of green lights wink in a basement at Mount Sinai’s medical school, where a new $3 million supercomputer makes quick work of huge amounts of genetic and other biological information.
Just a couple of miles away, a competitor, Weill C... [More]
12. April 2013 23:06
Anyone in the United States who wants to know if she has mutations in two breast cancer genes has little choice of where to be tested. One company alone has patents on the genes, and that company pretty much controls the market.
On Monday, the Supreme Court will take up the issue of whether c... [More]
19. February 2013 21:20
Debra Sukin and her husband were determined to take no chances with her second pregnancy. Their first child, Jacob, who had a serious genetic disorder, did not babble when he was a year old and had severe developmental delays. So the second time around, Ms. Sukin had what was then the most advan... [More]
31. May 2012 23:58
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has introduced legislation that would help clear the staggering number of untested rape kits in Houston Police storage - some 6,663 at the agency's last count - and help eliminate a nationwide backlog.
During a Wednesday news conference, city and police offi... [More]
5. March 2012 20:47
MINISTER FOR Health Dr James Reilly has decided to have more than a million archived blood samples taken from newborns destroyed within the next four to six months.
Cardiologists have called on the Minister to reverse the decision, describing it as “appalling”. They say the sample... [More]
1. March 2012 21:57
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has unveiled its Genetic Testing Registry, a database of information on genetic tests that will be voluntarily submitted by test producers.
According to the NIH, there are now genetic tests available for some 2,500 diseases, including those ... [More]
9. May 2011 20:05
Complaints by indigenous leaders and local officials have blocked a plan by geneticists with the National Geographic Society to collect DNA from the remote Q'eros tribe in Peru as part of the Genographic Project, which seeks molecular clues to humankind's migrations over the globe. Population ... [More]
22. March 2011 23:17
A role for professionals in direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests seemed like a forgone conclusion from an FDA hearing held two weeks ago, considering the agency first weighed in on the issue last spring. In May 2010, Walgreens backtracked from plans it announced two days earlier to sell a sa... [More]