Genetic Testing

Canadian bioethicist questions value of Down syndrome detection

Michael Cook | 23 May 2015 | Comments
tags: Down syndrome, genetic testing
Questions about “a ‘corporate arms race’ to develop prenatal tests for Down syndrome

23andMe branches into pharma

Xavier Symons | 21 March 2015 | Comments
tags: 23andme, Big Pharma, genetic testing
It will set up its own pharmaceutical wing to identify new drug targets for both common and rare diseases.

Genetic testing backfires

Michael Cook | 28 September 2014 | Comments
tags: 23andme, genetic testing, paternity tests
You cannot possibly improve on this headline: “With genetic testing, I gave my parents the gift of divorce”.

New service creates virtual babies for worried mothers

Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 | Comments
tags: genetic screening, genetic testing
An American businesswoman and an Ivy League scientist have teamed up to create a sophisticated service for reducing genetic diseases for lesbian couples and single women.

Savulescu - We have a moral obligation to increase the intelligence of our children

Xavier Symons | 28 March 2014 | Comments
tags: embryo screening, genetic testing, intelligence, Julian Savulescu
Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu calls for genetic screening of the unborn for IQ genes.

Is sport just about genetic luck?

Xavier Symons | 07 September 2013 | Comments
tags: genetic testing, sports
Journalist Malcolm Gladwell asks whether sport is really a competition, or whether it is simply a matter of 'genetic luck'.

Ancestry testing is “genetic astrology”, says UK geneticist

Michael Cook | 03 March 2013 | Comments
tags: ancestry testing, genetic testing
Companies around the world are springing up to sell genetic ancestry testing, to the enrichment of some geneticists and the dismay of others.

Telling the truth in Saudi Arabia

Michael Cook | 27 October 2012 | Comments
tags: genetic testing, misattributed paternity, privacy, Saudi Arabia
A case history from King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, about telling the truth.

I’m not the Nazi; you’re the Nazi

Michael Cook | 10 October 2012 | Comments
tags: eugenics, genetic testing, Julian Savulescu
Julian Savulescu, the utilitarian bioethicist at Oxford University, has the perfect riposte when his opponents tell him that his proposals for genetic selection remind them of Nazi eugenics.

Doctors could screen for gay genes in near future

Michael Cook | 10 August 2012 | Comments
tags: gay gene, genetic testing
Within a few years, parents may be able to screen embryos and foetuses for the “gay gene”, according to a Columbia University bioethicist.

A community’s take on genetic tests

Jared Yee | 13 July 2012 | Comments
tags: genetic diseases, genetic screening, genetic testing, Judaism, US
Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn are wrestling with the question of genetic testing -- and what should and should not be revealed to people who use it.

Hungarian “racial purity” genome test slammed

Jared Yee | 23 June 2012 | Comments
tags: genetic testing, genetics, racism
The Hungarian Medical Research Council (ETT), which advises the government on health policy, has asked public prosecutors to investigate a genetic-testing company that confirmed that a member of parliament was of pure Hungarian stock and did not have Jewish or Roma heritage.

Children with 3 parents could become a reality

Jared Yee | 09 June 2012 | Comments
tags: genetic diseases, genetic parentage, genetic screening, genetic testing, UK
Children with three genetic parents could become reality in the UK.

A race against time for Down syndrome research

Michael Cook | 20 August 2011 | Comments
tags: Down syndrome, genetic testing
Is it possible to cure Down syndrome? Alberto Costa, a 48-year-old physician and neuroscientist at University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine, thinks so. He has started a clinical trial on young adults with Down syndrome to see if the drug memantine helps them become “smarter”. It is the first randomized clinical trial ever to take a drug that worked in mice with Down syndrome and apply it to humans.

New test reveals fetus’ sex as early as 7 weeks

Jared Yee | 12 August 2011 | Comments
tags: Arthur Caplan, genetic testing, genetic tests, prenatal testing, sex selection
A new, highly accurate, blood test can determine a baby’s sex as early as 7 weeks into the pregnancy.

American Indian tribe considers DNA testing to determine casino profit entitlement

Jared Yee | 01 July 2011 | Comments
tags: DNA, DNA tests, genetic testing, genetic tests
With members of Native American tribes entitled to a share of casino revenues, many tribes are resorting to genetic testing to guarantee authentic descent.

Peddling genetic tests with the threat of death

Jared Yee | 18 June 2011 | Comments
tags: genetic testing, genetic tests, sport, sports
An American biotech has launched an aggressive marketing campaign for their direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests by playing on parents’ fears.

Testing for sports genes

Jared Yee | 27 May 2011 | Comments
tags: genetic testing, sport, sports
Appealing to parents who want to make their children champions, two companies have begun selling tests to match children with the sports for which they are genetically best suited. The DNA tests may even help children win college sports scholarships, the companies say, and to identify health and injury risks.

The US$700 test that tells you how long you’ll live

Jared Yee | 27 May 2011 | Comments
tags: ageing population, genetic testing, genetic tests

UK commission calls for more widely available preconception genetic testing

Jared Yee | 15 April 2011 | Comments
tags: eugenics, genetic testing, preconception genetic screening
The UK government’s advisory body on human genetics has recommended that preconception genetic testing for genetic diseases should be made more available in screening programs.

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