New service creates virtual babies for worried mothers
Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 |
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 |
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 |
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 | 02 March 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
Children with three genetic parents could become reality in the UK.
A race against time for Down syndrome research
Michael Cook | 20 August 2011 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
UK commission calls for more widely available preconception genetic testing
Jared Yee | 15 April 2011 |
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.
Down’s Syndrome test breakthrough looming
Jared Yee | 18 March 2011 |
Test could be available by 2013
Genetic tests inadvertently expose cases of incest
Jared Yee | 18 February 2011 |
Gene tests raise social, legal issues
Protecting the public against shonky genetic tests
Michael Cook | 28 October 2010 |
A burgeoning field raises serious questions