New Study Implicates Environmental Factors in Autism

by jeeg 7. July 2011 23:29
A new study of twins suggests that environmental factors, including conditions in the womb, may be at least as important as genes in causing autism. The researchers did not say which environmental influences might be at work. But other experts said the new study, released online on Monday, m... [More]

Genetics and Crime: Shoddy Journalism in the New York Times

by jeeg 23. June 2011 22:09
What kills socially useful journalism is an ideological agenda and a stupid hunt for "news" often manufactured at the news desk. In the New York Times of June 20, 2011, buried in the Arts section (at least in the Midwest edition), you will find a sterling example of one reason why print newsp... [More]

U.K. Abandons Study of Nationality Testing Using DNA and Isotopes

by jeeg 23. June 2011 01:06
The U.K. Border Agency (UKBA) has completely abandoned its widely scorned investigation into DNA and isotope testing of human tissues as a means to verify the nationality claims of asylum seekers. The Times broke the news today, labeling the so-called Human Provenance Pilot Project an "expensi... [More]

Evidence of altered RNA stirs debate

by jeeg 27. May 2011 22:48
A funny thing happened on the way to the ribosome. That's the essence of a controversial paper concluding that messenger RNA — the molecular middleman that carries information from a cell's DNA to its protein-making machinery — is routinely and systematically altered by unknown mec... [More]

Genetic testing for sports genes courts controversy

by jeeg 19. May 2011 18:59
In an era of helicopter parents eager to exploit every competitive edge for their children, at least two companies have begun selling tests that claim to help match youngsters with the sports they are genetically programmed to play best. The DNA scans, the first of an expected wave of attempt... [More]

Life Is Complicated: Systems Biology Untangles Old Mysteries

by jeeg 27. April 2011 21:50
For more than a century biologists made great strides in understanding the complex tapestry of life by tracing the smaller and shorter threads in its many patterns. This reductionist approach, which breaks complicated processes into their component parts to understand them better, has produced ext... [More]

Genetics Journal Reveals Dark Past

by jeeg 27. April 2011 21:38
“Three generations of imbeciles is enough," thundered Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., in the 1927 Buck vs. Bellcourt decision, legalizing forced sterilizations nationwide.  A triumph of the "eugenics" movement, which aimed at breeding "better" humans, the decision... [More]

Test lets genome out of the bottle

by jeeg 29. March 2011 22:00
PEOPLE are being encouraged to ''discover your own genome'', with the introduction by a Sydney company of an international online DNA testing service for genetic risks to a wide range of common diseases. The tests scan a person's genome and can identify more than 700,000 genetic variants ... [More]

DNA sleuthing: OK to snatch a wine glass?

by jeeg 3. March 2011 20:51
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is considering today whether to take up an examination now of ethical issues surrounding neuro-imaging and genetic testing. If it decides to do so, Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, had some adv... [More]

Bill would offer mothers a baby’s DNA sample

by jeeg 2. March 2011 21:08
Virginia hospitals will have to offer new mothers a take-home DNA sample from their baby under a bill approved at the request of the forensic sleuth who inspired the fictional crime fighter, Dr. Kay Scarpetta.Both chambers of the General Assembly unanimously approved House Bill 1836, sponsored... [More]
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