Cops mull DNA testing of Delhi’s beggars

by jeeg 2. January 2015 19:41
Delhi Police is drawing up a plan to conduct DNA tests on people begging on the streets with children, to find out it these kids were their own or had been abducted and trafficked, sources said. The idea was sent to the prime minister's office by a citizen, who suggested that women were ofte... [More]

Two-thirds of cancers caused by bad luck, not genetics & environment

by jeeg 2. January 2015 19:37
    Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like smoking. The researchers sa... [More]

This Boston Kickstarter Lets You Read Your Own DNA

by jeeg 5. November 2014 22:35
  Imagine being able to read DNA almost instantaneously. You would be able to see the separate genes from each of your parents and create a DNA family tree; test food for E. coli to avoid food poisoning; test your food for GMOs or hidden ingredients. This kind of at-home gene anal... [More]

Indiana storing blood & DNA of 2 million children without parents' consent

by jeeg 12. July 2014 15:14
As word of an Eyewitness News investigation spreads through Holliday Park, parents admit they are surprised."You're kidding, right? I had no idea," said Ramon Moore, playing catch with his 7-year-old son, Xavier."I didn't know that at all," agreed Holly Ruth, holding her 3-month old son, Lin... [More]

Their Foremothers’ Daughters

by jeeg 7. May 2014 20:53
  ‘Give me children or I shall die,” said Rachel to her husband Jacob, speaking for many women of the Bible who struggled to have children, and figured out how to do it.  [Genesis 30:1] Rachel ordered Jacob to sleep with her servant; Sarah did likewise to Abraham. Tamar beca... [More]

China Puts the Kibosh on Genetic Testing, Surprising Even Genetic Experts

by jeeg 7. May 2014 20:35
  Genetic testing has been halted in China. This unexpected decree was announced in February. Government officials cited challenges surrounding “ethics, privacy, and the protection of human heredity resources, in a message posted on the China Food and Drug Administration’s web... [More]

Parents and Children Deserve Genetic Privacy

by jeeg 28. April 2014 21:23
  Newborn screening is practiced nationwide to detect rare conditions that may be life-threatening or require medical attention. Shortly after birth, the baby’s heel is pricked and a few drops of blood are placed on a special filter-paper blood spot card, which is sent to the state gov... [More]

Meet your unborn child – before it's even conceived

by jeeg 10. April 2014 22:08
  WILL my baby be healthy? It's a question that concerns every prospective parent. Now a service that creates digital embryos by virtually mixing two people's DNA will give a clearer glimpse of their possible child's health, and perhaps much more – before it has been conceived. The Ma... [More]

In Reversal, Genetics Group Says Patients Should Be Allowed to Refuse 'Incidental' Findings

by jeeg 2. April 2014 21:58
Apparently bowing to pressure from its members, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) says that patients should be allowed to “opt out” of learning about how their DNA might increase their risk of disease. The policy, announced today, reverses a controv... [More]

New DNA Test Can Predict Childhood Obesity. Has Gene Screening Gone Too Far?

by jeeg 31. March 2014 22:15
Scientific advances promise less-invasive ways to screen for diseases in unborn children. But are we on the road to an age of 'designer babies'? Will your child become obese one day? Finding out may be as easy as testing your youngster's blood. But this type of testing is raising concerns about h... [More]
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