Americans Excited Over DNA Breakthroughs, But Many Worry About The Implications: Poll

by jeeg 5. February 2014 20:59
A new poll from the Huffington Post and YouGov finds that although most Americans are excited by the possibility of the scientific breakthroughs made possible by DNA research, many of them worry that research could go too far — and the scientists could begin “playing God.” The p... [More]

Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases

by jeeg 4. February 2014 22:14
Her first thought after she heard the news, after she screamed and made her mother and boyfriend leave the room, was that she would never have children. Amanda Baxley’s doctor had just told her, over a speakerphone in her psychiatrist’s office, that she had the gene for Gerstmann-S... [More]

The FDA Is Not Anti-Genetics

by jeeg 22. January 2014 21:54
When the FDA shut down biotech company 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer Personal Genome Service, many in the biotech community worried that the FDA was risking the survival of a nascent industry that would revolutionize medical care with new genetic technologies. But lost in the story about ... [More]

I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results

by jeeg 31. December 2013 05:21
I like to plan ahead; that much I knew about myself before I plunged into exploring my genetic code. I’m a healthy 28-year-old woman, but some nasty diseases run in my family: coronary heart disease,  rheumatoid arthiritis,Alzheimer's and breat cancer. So I decided to read the t... [More]

Gene tests raise murky medical issues

by jeeg 31. December 2013 05:16
In early December, Harvard geneticist George Church addressed a crowd of about 150 life science professionals gathered at Google’s Cambridge office and asked how many of them had had their genomes sequenced. Not a single person raised a hand. Church appeared to have expected the negative re... [More]

An Ethics for the Future of Genetic Testing

by jeeg 31. December 2013 05:08
The available prenatal testing technologies for expectant parents are constantly changing in dramatic and subtle ways, and 2013 saw its share of those changes. These tests are tricky territory, especially when it comes to genetic screening. What can these technologies reliably offer to those anxio... [More]

Why the Angelina Effect Is at Odds With New Guidelines

by jeeg 27. December 2013 02:49
  It's official. The "Angelina Effect" that prompted many women to undergo genetic testing for the breast cancer gene isn't always such a good thing. Actress Angelina Jolie shocked the world last May when she revealed that she'd undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning th... [More]

Do You Really Want To Know What Your Genetic Code Says About You?

by jeeg 18. December 2013 21:46
It took 12 years and $3bn to sequence the human genome and figure out the code in our DNA. These days, people can post off a blood sample and get information on their genetic inheritance for as little as a couple of thousand dollars. This drastic reduction in cost, time and effort is fuelling ... [More]

In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted

by jeeg 16. December 2013 21:58
Ever since she tested positive for a defective gene that causes breast cancer, Tamar Modiano has harbored a mother’s fear: that she had passed it on to her two daughters. Ms. Modiano had her breasts removed at 47 to prevent the disease and said that the day she found out her older daught... [More]

The Failed Promise of 23andMe

by jeeg 5. December 2013 01:25
Over the past decade, we have heard about the “fat gene,” the “diabetes gene,” the “alcoholism gene,” the “intelligence gene,” even the “God gene.” In the end, none of these so-called discoveries proved correct. Genetics is more com... [More]
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