BU officials decline to discuss biolab safety issues, panelists say

by jeeg 2. November 2011 21:40
Boston University students expressed concerns about the intentions of the proposed National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at the BU Biolab panel hosted by the Student Labor Action Project on Tuesday. College of Arts and Sciences senior Elisa Gill, who mediated the panel at Sargent Col... [More]

Lab Fight Raises U.S. Security Issues

by jeeg 28. October 2011 19:45
Synthetic biology — which includes the development of fuels, organ tissue and tumor-destroying bacteria — became a focus of government and law enforcement agencies after 9/11 and the anthrax attacks that quickly followed it. The field’s “extraordinary promise,” a ... [More]

Faroe Islands Is First Country in World to Read Population's DNA

by jeeg 17. October 2011 23:00
The Faroe Islands is to become the first country in the world to read the entire DNA code of every willing citizen, it was announced Friday. All 50,000 of the inhabitants on the islands, which are part of Denmark, will be invited to have their genomes sequenced and linked to their medical rec... [More]

University of Chicago Microbiologist Infected From Possible Lab Accident

by jeeg 13. September 2011 22:10
Another laboratory-acquired infection may have occurred in a University of Chicago building where 2 years ago a researcher contracted plague and later died. Late last month, a researcher who worked in the same general lab area was hospitalized with a skin infection caused by a common bacterium... [More]

Location of biological agents is top secret in Maryland

by jeeg 1. April 2011 00:01
High-level containment laboratories and storage facilities that handle dangerous biological agents exist in Frederick County outside the secured gates of Fort Detrick, but state law mandates that the number and location of each remains confidential. That is making difficult the work of the fl... [More]

Alaska Sens. introduce 'Frankenfish' ban

by jeeg 4. February 2011 22:53
U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) formally reintroduced legislation to the 112th Congress to ban genetically engineered salmon. The senators included a companion bill that would require labeling the fish as such in the event they are allowed on the shelves. ... [More]

Family health history: 'best kept secret' in care

by jeeg 15. November 2010 20:09
Make Grandma spill the beans: Uncovering all the diseases that lurk in your family tree can trump costly genetic testing in predicting what illnesses you and your children are likely to face. It may sound old-fashioned, but a Cleveland Clinic study comparing which method best uncovered an inc... [More]

Alaskan Legislature Opposes GM Salmon

by jeeg 26. October 2010 01:16
  State Capitol Juneau, Alaska, 99801 October 1, 2010 Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. Commissioner Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 Dear Commissioner, We are writing to express our serious opposition to allowing AquaBounty to market... [More]

UK's Human Genetics Commission Abolished- Is the Public Interest Being Served?

by jeeg 15. October 2010 21:16
The official announcement from the UK Government on the future of quangos has confirmed the rumoured abolition of the Human Genetics Commission (HGC), which advises the government on new developments in human genetics.  Gone also are the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC) an... [More]

Why Genes are Leftwing

by jeeg 14. October 2010 00:54
When the map of the human genome was presented to the world in 2001, psychiatrists had high hopes for it. Itemising all our genes would surely provide molecular evidence that the main cause of mental illness was genetic – something psychiatrists had long believed. Drug companies were wet... [More]
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