8-8-2018 genetic-testing

Why genetic tests could affect your insurance coverage in the future

Taking a genetic test in your 20s or 30s could, indeed, affect your ability to get long-term-care insurance later — ...
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Viewpoint: There’s danger in overselling the benefits of routine DNA sequencing

For decades the potential of stem cells to cure all disease was promised. Today’s reality is that the few worthy ...
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Does popular antipsychotic drug Abilify cause ‘uncontrollable urges’ to gamble, eat and have sex?

By the time she stopped taking aripiprazole — an antipsychotic sold under the brand name Abilify — [Denise Miley had] ...
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Genome scientist Craig Venter accused of stealing trade secrets from company he helped create

Craig Venter is not a man to balk at breaking a few eggs to make a scientific omelette. The maverick ...
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Privacy pledge: Consumer genetic-testing firms agree to new rules

Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday [July 31] to be upfront when they ...
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Reproductive medicine could become entangled in the ’embryos are people’ debate

The announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire at the end of [July] and President Trump’s nomination of ...
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Inside the battle to convince insurers that chronic fatigue syndrome is a legitimate illness

[Reporter Brian Vastag’s career] came to an end in July 2012, when he found himself afflicted by a mysterious and ...
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Why cancer research should focus more on African genomes

In the past, African patients have had poor access to medical advances, even as scientists use them as research subjects ...
7-22-2018 fet

Frozen embryos: Who owns them and do they have legal rights?

With the number of frozen embryos in the United States soaring into the millions, disputes over who owns them are ...
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Machines that decide ‘who lives and who dies’? AI community pledges never to build them

Hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals, many of them researchers and engineers prominent in the fields of robotics and ...
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Viewpoint: Using robots to treat autistic children has potential pitfalls

Previous research suggests robots are well received by children with autism spectrum disorders, and there's plenty of anecdotal stories of children ...
Using DNA to reunite immigrant families shows why genetic screening 'should be widely embraced'

Using DNA to reunite immigrant families shows why genetic screening ‘should be widely embraced’

As the U.S. government struggles to make good on its promise to reunite all 3,000 children and parents who were separated ...
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How do we know if probiotics are safe if studies don’t report risks?

As consumer interest grows in probiotics and other supplements that claim to regulate gut microbes, experts are posing a critical ...
7-23-2018 wireless-cell-phone

Viewpoint: Despite what you might hear, there’s still no evidence linking cell phones to cancer

[Recently] the Observer published an article by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie on a disturbing topic – the idea that telecoms giants ...
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Viewpoint: We’re ‘nowhere close’ to being ready to edit human genomes

Genome meddling to cure diseases is often worth the risk, but nothing else is just yet ...
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‘Morally permissible’: Genetically altered babies get nod from UK ethics panel

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances ...
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‘No reason to panic’: Experts react to study suggesting CRISPR isn’t as precise as we thought

A new study, published in Nature Biotechnology, investigates the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to make simple cuts in DNA in mouse ...
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Drugmakers accused of stalling biosimilars: FDA’s Gottlieb calls tactics ‘a toxin’

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday [July 18] accused drug makers who manufacture pricey biologic medicines of ...
Olympic gender confusion: Woman with too much testosterone required to take estrogen to compete while drug that blocks estrogen is banned

Olympic gender confusion: Woman with too much testosterone required to take estrogen to compete while drug that blocks estrogen is banned

Erik Lief and Chuck Dinerstein have each weighed in with companion pieces about a highly controversial rule by the International Association of ...
FDA releases guidelines to fast-track new generation of fast-acting antidepressants

FDA releases guidelines to fast-track new generation of fast-acting antidepressants

As companies race to develop fast-acting antidepressants, they are grappling with how to design clinical trials for a type of ...
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Genetic privacy: Are we protected against discrimination from health insurers?

This week, we're tackling questions from readers who are worried about health insurance roadblocks in the face of a serious ...
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Defining gender and questioning the need for a ‘level playing field’ in elite athletics

The context surrounding the study of the impact of testosterone on elite athletes is essential in understanding its underlying hypothesis ...
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Alternate facts: Why are we still telling women that abortion causes breast cancer?

On June 26th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of crisis pregnancy centers that were challenging a California law, the Reproductive ...
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Beyond the Golden State Killer: More cold cases cracked through genetic databases

[After news of the Golden State Killer arrest], The New York Times reported arrests in long-dormant cases in Washington State and ...
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Medical marijuana and pain control: Study casts doubt on drug’s effectiveness

Depending on who you listen to, medical cannabis is either a rising star in the world of therapeutics or an ...
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Patients with suicidal thoughts can be included in depression clinical trials, FDA says

The Food and Drug Administration is overhauling its guidance for developing treatments for major depressive disorder for the first time ...
Biosecurity dilemma: Should mega synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks be trusted to police its own industry?

Biosecurity dilemma: Should mega synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks be trusted to police its own industry?

Try as a nefarious actor might, it would be near impossible to order the ingredients for making a deadly virus ...
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DNA tests could reunite migrant families. But is there a reason for concern?

The U.S. government's plan to reunify immigrant children with their parents via DNA testing is an unusual but not unprecedented ...