Ethical implications of genetic screening: How far can we go?

Ethical implications of genetic screening: How far can we go?

Julian Savulescu, a professor of ethics at Oxford, has argued that we should be free to design our children's personality ...
Synthetic biology: Mutating the meaning of life? Some critics think ‘yes’

Synthetic biology: Mutating the meaning of life? Some critics think ‘yes’

Critics of synthetic biology have long said that the practice should be known as “playing God” and argue that the ...
Genetic patent stunner: Myriad wins appeal, retains patent to BRCA tests

Genetic patent stunner: Myriad wins appeal, retains patent to BRCA tests

Snubbing a recommendation by the Supreme Court, a federal appeals court in Washington, in a 2:1 decision, upheld patents issued ...

As prices for prenatal genome sequencing tests fall, some worry about consequences for families in a real-life ‘Gattaca’

If you could know your unborn child's entire genetic makeup, would you want to? Researchers believe that tests that detail ...

California labeling initiative: Anti-GM activist compares the food industry to tobacco industry

As the California labeling act gets closer to election day, proponents of both sides are coming out of the woodwork ...

Key West, Florida, says NO to genetically engineered mosquitoes

Dengue Fever afflicts millions of people around the world. It is a virus that is spread by a specific mosquito, ...

Controversy over scientists plan to map and make public extended family’s genome

Not as many people around the world cared about the genes of Manuel Corpas and his family as he had ...

Vietnam: Genetically modified crops to be planted in 2015

Official permission for the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops on a large scale in Vietnam may not be realized ...
FDA seeks to regulate your cells

FDA seeks to regulate your cells

A recent decision by a federal trial court gave the Food and Drug Administration the latitude that the agency has ...
Anti-GM 'ambulance chasers' poised to enter 'litigation heaven' if Prop 37 passes

Anti-GM ‘ambulance chasers’ poised to enter ‘litigation heaven’ if Prop 37 passes

The American Medical Association agrees with the USDA and wrote two months ago, "There is no scientific justification for special ...
New prenatal testing can detect more genetic problems

New prenatal testing can detect more genetic problems

A new method of prenatal testing that can detect more genetic problems in a fetus than ever before could be ...
Genetic testing for a 'gay' gene: Is it a possibility?

Genetic testing for a ‘gay’ gene: Is it a possibility?

For the most part, when you think of genetic testing, you usually think of a situation in which the parents ...

Doom and DNA: Why we shouldn’t always overreact when it comes to DNA- Positive advances in genetic testing

While society should be careful about its uses of genetic testing and its efforts to modify the genome, some people ...

The economics of GM food labels

View the full report from the International Food Policy Research Institute to understand their position on the possible GM food ...
Identically different: Why you can change your genes

Identically different: Why you can change your genes

The Olympic Isle on opening night was "full of noises, / Sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt ...

French book examines why black sprinters dominate the Olympics

Ever since American runner Jesse Owens took the 1936 Berlin Olympics by storm, black athletes have generally reigned supreme in ...

Anti-GM view on GMO corn on supermarket shelves

Not everyone is as excited about GM sweet corn coming to supermarket shelves as Walmart is. The supermarket giant recently ...
23andMe seeks FDA approval for personalized genetic tests

23andMe seeks FDA approval for personalized genetic tests

23andMe, a pioneer genetic testing company, is asking the FDA to approve a personalized DNA test- setting off familiar protests ...

Anti GMO activists angry about pesticides corporations’ funding effort to stop GMO labeling

With the California general election less than four months away, pesticide manufacturers gave more than $750,000 [Update: this number has ...

Organics activist Ronnie Cummins lashes out at biotech industry, urges California labeling initiative

Ronnie Cummins, an organics activist, vilifies GMOs and the biotech industry in his op ed. Cummins claims that the food ...

Activists accuse Monsanto of trying to “end run” GMO restrictions

Activists accuse Monsanto of a "quiet coup" regarding various activities, including the 2012 Farm Bill, which activists claim will allow ...
In defense of synthetic biology: Can it help create a better future for all?

In defense of synthetic biology: Can it help create a better future for all?

Synthetic biology means different things to different people. Its leading scientists want to create, characterise and, crucially, standardise individual pieces ...

Greenpeace activists in costly GM protest

Two women who broke into CSIRO and destroyed a research crop of genetically-modified wheat with whipper-snippers have cost Greenpeace more ...

Monsanto wins big award in a biotech patent case

A federal jury awarded $1 billion in damages to the crop biotechnology leader Monsanto on Wednesday, saying that its arch ...
To label or not to label? The California GMO labeling initiative gears up for the big vote

To label or not to label? The California GMO labeling initiative gears up for the big vote

The anticipation builds as voters prepare to head to the polls for November’s election. And for those voters in California, ...

California gene-altered food campaigns draw $4.3 million

A campaign to make California the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods has raised $2.3 million in ...

Olympic medicine: Are elite athletes really healthier than the rest of us?

As Los Angeles Times science writer Jon Bardin wrote in a recent article, “There are numerous genetic factors known to ...

Commentary: What are the consequences of labeling GM food?

Genetically modified organisms in agriculture have been a source of controversy since their introduction in the mid-1990s. On the one ...

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