China Bans Genetic Testing

by jeeg 17. March 2014 22:27
  For nearly a half-century, interrupted only by the Cultural Revolution, China promoted the growth of genetic testing to prevent and address birth defects through state-run hospitals, as well as charities and increasingly in recent years, private enterprises. Then last month, China reverse... [More]

Newborn-screening bill would end genetic privacy

by jeeg 15. March 2014 18:21
In a recent commentary, five hospital executives tried to frighten Minnesotans into thinking that if a proposed bill isn’t passed in the Legislature, their babies’ lives will be in danger. The truth is that Senate File 2047 and House File 2526 would not change newborn screening. Rathe... [More]

Court denies Myriad motion to block rival genetic tests

by jeeg 11. March 2014 20:53
  Myriad Genetics Inc said a U.S. court denied its motion to temporarily stop rival Ambry Genetics Corp from selling products similar to Myriad's gene-based cancer test, the latest setback for the diagnostics company. Myriad's shares fell 12 percent before the bell on Tuesday.   Myri... [More]

China Cracks Down on DNA Testing

by jeeg 4. March 2014 01:01
Genetic testing has grown to be a business big enough in China to warrant the government’s intervention. Early in February, the government quietly put the brakes on the provision of genetic tests to customers by domestic hospitals and a variety of medical and health institutions.   If... [More]

DNA blood test can detect prenatal problems

by jeeg 4. March 2014 00:35
A large new study led by Boston researchers shows that a simple blood test is more accurate than the standard methods to screen for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome in a fetus, paving the way for a new generation of prenatal genetic tests to be offered to all pregnant women. The re... [More]

Genetic Testing Needs a Nudge

by jeeg 24. February 2014 18:35
Mail-away genetic testing promises to revolutionize the way that people learn about and manage their health. Already half a million Americans have sent their saliva to find out their risk of genetic disease -- no doctors needed. Splashed across TV sets nationwide this past summer was 23andMe's in... [More]

Is genetic testing humans playing God?

by jeeg 24. February 2014 18:27
"It's a miracle," she told me. "We can now have a baby that won't have Huntington's disease. I thought I'd never be able to have any kids -- because of the disease." Her father had died from this disorder, which results from a gene mutation. She feared that she might have the mutation, too. But sh... [More]

The Path to Reading a Newborn’s DNA Map

by jeeg 11. February 2014 01:40
What if laboratories could run comprehensive DNA tests on infants at birth, spotting important variations in their genomes that might indicate future medical problems? Should parents be told of each variation, even if any risk is still unclear? Would they even want to know? New parents needn&rsqu... [More]

Utah poll shows Americans still wary of genetic testing for cancer

by jeeg 11. February 2014 01:34
Most Americans would consider undergoing genetic testing to predict their risk for certain cancers, but confusion persists over the benefits and risks, according to a University of Utah poll. The U.’s Huntsman Cancer Institute has invested heavily in genetics in recent months and sponsored ... [More]

Uzbekistan Is Using Genetic Testing to Find Future Olympians

by jeeg 7. February 2014 23:14
The idea of using genetic testing to spot future world-class athletes has been bandied about for years. Now, Uzbekistan hopes to get a jump on the competition by testing children as young as 10 to determine their athletic potential. Rustam Muhamedov, director of the genetics laboratory at Uzb... [More]
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