Empowering Consumers through Accurate Genomic Tests

by jeeg 1. July 2014 18:26
  We’ve come to recognize that almost every disease has a genetic component, and many consumers now are eager to know more about their genetic profiles. They need only send a sample of their DNA collected from their saliva or from a cheek swab to a company, and in exchange they&rsquo... [More]

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]

She's Her Own Twin

by jeeg 10. June 2014 20:23
  Lydia Fairchild was a proud mother who faced the most unusual of challenges. She had to fight in court to prove the children born from her body were her own. "I knew that I carried them, and I knew that I delivered them. There was no doubt in my mind," Fairchild said. Fairchild's fight f... [More]

DNA test proves Titanic survivor was a fraud

by jeeg 21. January 2014 22:23
  What some have called the last great mystery of the Titanic disaster has been solved, and it's all thanks to a DNA test. When the massive "Unsinkable Ship" hit an iceberg and sank more than 100 years ago, only one child in first class had reportedly died in the accident... [More]

Presidential Panel Urges Researchers to Plan for Incidental Findings

by jeeg 13. December 2013 19:56
Researchers, clinicians, and other generators of medical data beyond the stated goals of procedures or lab tests should plan for the possibility they’ll come back with “incidental findings,” then plan in advance whether and how to deliver such information to patients or con... [More]

Did The NCAA Screw Up Another Player Health Decision?

by jeeg 6. December 2013 20:28
As a near universal rule, the NCAA makes bad decisions. So when I heard that the NCAA had recently made a controversial decision pertaining to student-athlete health, a decision that incited the ire of the American Society of Hematology, I reflexively assumed the NCAA had once again screwed up... [More]

San Diego woman sues 23andMe over DNA test

by jeeg 4. December 2013 20:47
A San Diego County woman has filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against 23andMe, alleging that the company knowingly misled consumers into thinking that its DNA test kits produce a reliable look at a person’s relative risk for hundreds of diseases and disorders. Lisa Casey also... [More]

Stop selling those DNA tests, FDA tells 23andMe

by jeeg 25. November 2013 21:08
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered DNA testing company 23andMe to stop marketing its over-the-counter genetic test, saying it’s being sold illegally to diagnose diseases, and with no proof it actually works. The heavily marketed test includes a kit for sampling saliva, and the... [More]

The Supreme Court's Gene Patenting Decision Was Personal

by jeeg 21. June 2013 18:45
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that human genes cannot be patented, and this is exciting news for cancer patients, and individuals seeking to learn more about their genetic risk for disease.   The unanimous decision in Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetic... [More]

The Outrageous Cost of a Gene Test

by jeeg 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]
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