Canadian bioethicist questions value of Down syndrome detection
Questions about “a ‘corporate arms race’ to develop prenatal tests for Down syndrome
23andMe branches into pharma
It will set up its own pharmaceutical wing to identify new drug targets for both common and rare diseases.
Genetic testing backfires
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
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
Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu calls for genetic screening of the unborn for IQ genes.
Is sport just about genetic luck?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Children with three genetic parents could become reality in the UK.
A race against time for Down syndrome research
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
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
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
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
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
UK commission calls for more widely available preconception genetic testing
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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