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Four ways the gene patent ruling affects you

The following is an excerpt. The Supreme Court is due to rule by the end of June on the landmark ...

And Bob’s your uncle: A guide to defining kinfolk

The following is an excerpt. When genetic counselors attend family reunions, their unofficial job becomes Namer-of-Relationships. “Keith, you and I are ...

Human genome, then and now

The following is an excerpt. Eight years of work, thousands of researchers around the world, $1 billion spent — and ...
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Italy should look to science before deregulating stem-cell therapies

It is wrong to exploit the desperation of the disabled and the terminally ill and to raise false hopes of ...
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Forget genetic privacy—DNA should be open-source

No one’s DNA has ever been private, writes Pop Sci’s Erin Biba—we spray it everywhere when our skin cells slough ...
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Lab-grown kidneys work in rats, offer hope for human transplants

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital report a medical first: lab-grown kidneys successfully transplanted into rats, where they functioned properly -- ...

Genetic counseling and the customer service model of healthcare

The following is an edited excerpt. Genetic counselors wake up every morning and go to work because we are driven ...

Who should own DNA? All of us

The following is an excerpt. [The] case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday challenging two patents is a different animal, ...

US supreme court to decide if companies can patent human genes

The following is an excerpt. The US supreme court will hear oral arguments next week to decide whether companies can patent human ...

Confusion reigns on genes, race, and Alzheimer’s

The following is an excerpt. Wildly divergent headlines about a study of Alzheimer’s disease vividly illustrate the depth and breadth ...
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Genetic expression in the human brain: The challenge of large numbers

Obama’s recently announced effort to map the human brain and the parallel European efforts (the Human Brain Project), are taking ...
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Rare mutation could lead to the next blockbuster cholesterol drug

Mutations in a gene called PCSK9 give African Americans extremely low ‘bad cholesterol’ and a 90 percent reduced risk of ...

Electronic health records aren’t ready for genomics-driven healthcare

The following is an excerpt. Current electronic health record (EHR) systems are not designed to work with genomic data, but ...

Tamiflu-resistance gene in bird flu spurs drug tests

The following is an excerpt. A gene mutation known to help influenza resist Tamiflu was found in the first of ...

Gene linked to higher Alzheimer’s risk in blacks

The following is an excerpt. A new gene mutation has been identified that nearly doubles African Americans' risk for getting ...

A developing world strategy for personalized medicine

The following is an excerpt. Because of its technology intensive platform, personalized medicine is seen as solely benefiting the populations ...

Tough calls on prenatal tests

The following is an excerpt. New prenatal blood tests for genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome are reshaping care for ...
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What the new ACMG guidelines really mean

Do patients have a right to not know what's written in their genes? The DNA Exchange explains doctors' new genetic ...
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Should human genes be patented?

As the cost of genome sequencing plummets, we move closer to an era of personalized medicine, in which an individual’s ...
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Sequencing finds antibiotic resistance in bacteria moving from livestock to humans

Scientists use genetics to uncover the "smoking gun" in the crossing-over of antibiotic resistance from livestock to human ...
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Your DNA in death: Reflections on the Henrietta Lacks bioethics controversy

We are in the early stages a personalized medicine revolution, but progress comes with growing pains -- in this case, ...

Tumor DNA studies help explain cancer genetics

The following is an excerpt. As it has become more efficient and less expensive to analyze the DNA in normal ...

Genetics may determine who becomes a heavy smoker

The following is an excerpt. Individuals who pick up smoking as teenagers have a much higher risk of becoming heavy ...

Storm erupts over publishing of HeLa genome

The following is an excerpt. One of the world's most prestigious laboratories is frantically trying to resolve a row over ...

The dawn of genome trolling

The following is an excerpt. Last week European scientists were shamed into cutting off public access to a genome sequence ...

Personal genomics: No choice for you

The following is an excerpt. The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) has recently published recommendations for reporting incidental findings (IFs) in clinical exome ...

Gene therapy cures leukaemia in eight days

The following is an excerpt. Within just eight days of starting a novel gene therapy, David Aponte's "incurable" leukaemia had ...

Privacy flap forces withdrawal of DNA data on cancer cell line

The following is an excerpt. On 11 March, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) issued a press release proudly announcing ...