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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 ...

Scientists published Henrietta Lacks’ genome without the consent of her family

The following is an excerpt. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor black mother of five living near Baltimore, died from ...
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The genetic information you didn’t ask for

Geneticists are urging doctors who sequence a patient's genome to also test them for 24 genetic conditions, and to alert ...
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Henrietta Lacks and genetic privacy

The Lackses’ experiences over the last 60 years foretold nearly every major ethical issue raised by research on human tissues ...

Doctors should tell patients about some — not all — unexpected genetic findings

The following is an excerpt. On Thursday [21 March 2013], the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics recommended that doctors tell ...

Gene therapy could treat cancer

The following is an excerpt. A clinical trial using a patient's own immune system to produce remissions in adults with ...

Pigmentation: the simplest of complex traits not so simple?

The following is an excerpt. One of the pitfalls about talking about genetics, especially human genetics, is that the public wants ...

DNA damage occurs as part of normal brain activity

The following is an excerpt. Scientists have long known that DNA damage occurs in every cell, accumulating as we age ...
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Lily Grossman: Medicine — and hope — via genomics

The utility of whole genome sequencing is debated, but Lily Grossman's story offers compelling evidence for its potential ...

New gene testing framework ignores privacy concerns

[G]ene testing has the potential to transform the way we manage health. The Department of Health and Ageing’s soon-to-be-released framework ...

Your politics are in your genes

It would be silly to think of newborn babies’ brains as being a blank slate. A preponderance of biological research ...

Proposal to collect DNA from immigrants too Orwellian

The following is an excerpt. San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos goes too far - too deep into ...

The problem with the bioscience industry (video)

The following is an excerpt. Hilary Rose, co-author of Genes, Cells and Brains, argues that we should treat the medical claims ...

RNA fragments may yield rapid, accurate cancer diagnosis

The following is an excerpt. Cancer tumor cells shed microvesicles containing proteins and RNA fragments, called exosomes, into cerebral spinal fluid, ...

Melanoma genes found in “junk” DNA

The following is an excerpt. US scientists have found two new mutations in non-coding (formerly dubbed "junk") DNA that occur ...

Personalized genomics: Do you want to know what illnesses await you in the future?

The following is an excerpt. Geneticists are predicting that within five years, a single genetics test will show what diseases ...
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Insurers should be free to discriminate based on genetics

The following is an excerpt. A recent NPR story described efforts to extend the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to long-term care ...