Blog Posts (32)
April 15, 2013
Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D., Ph.D.
Faith Smith was born with Trisomy 18. She was also diagnosed with a hole in her heart. An initial consultation with Faith’s cardiologist determined that her heart problem could be fixed. But after learning that the Faith also had Trisomy 18, the cardiologist advised Faith’s parents that nothing should be done.…
January 25, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The 1000 Genomes Project has collected anonymous DNA samples from people all over the world. By looking at this massive data set, the project hopes to discover genetic components of diseases or traits.…
October 24, 2012
This month’s issue includes a target article on whether or not to disclose research results from whole-exome sequencing to relatives of a family member who has died.…
February 29, 2012
The AJOB Editorial Office is proud to announce its has added five new members to its editorial group. Over the next few days, we will introduce the members of our new editorial group to you, including our new co-Editors in Chief, our two new Associate Editors and our new Book Review Editor.…
October 18, 2011
Professional soccer teams (football to the rest of the world) are using high-powered science to give them a competitive edge. The most recent venture into the world of professional sport and science involves an “unnamed Premier League club” [that] has commissioned Yale University scientists to genetically test its players and attempt to identify genetic indicators that can serve as a warning sign to whether an athlete is prone to injury.” According to Bleacher Report, scientists claim that there are more than 100 genetic factors linked to being prone to injury.…
February 15, 2011
The current case before a British judge as to whether a mentally disabled woman identified only as “P” should be sterilized has raised the ire of medical ethicists and the disability community.…
June 24, 2010
Before I even describe the services purportedly offered by BeautifulPeople.com, let me quote Art Caplan who has summed it up better (characteristically so) than anyone else could: “It’s pure, utter nonsensical baloney, at best.…
September 3, 2009
It turns out it wasn’t all a bunch of rubbish when our parents told us as children that each one of us was very special, in fact unique, from everyone else.…
June 10, 2009
The role and scope of preventive care in our healthcare system has been a perennial issue for decades. Emily Willingham raises the issue and its role in healthcare reform and are larger healthcare system in light of a recent encounter on Facebook and more:
I received a Facebook invitation today to join in signing a petition to require insurance coverage for genetic testing for breast cancer.…
April 24, 2009
The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says that the sequencing of the cow genome is going to lead to more milk and better beef, but all I can say for sure is that it certainly is an interesting step forward in the world of genomics.…
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March 6, 2014 7:27 pm
In the late 1980s, scientists at Osaka University in Japan noticed unusual repeated DNA sequences next to a gene they were studying in a common bacterium. They mentioned them in the final paragraph of a paper: “The biological significance of these sequences is not known.”
March 4, 2014 6:13 pm
Genetic testing has grown to be a business big enough in China to warrant the government’s intervention.
February 28, 2014 3:57 pm
On Wednesday night the New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing that a new, DNA-sequencing based blood test provides a dramatic improvement in accuracy at screening for Down’s syndrome and a second, related disease.
February 27, 2014 1:47 pm
A panel of government advisers has expressed serious concerns about a controversial proposal to allow scientists to try to make babies using eggs that have been genetically altered to include DNA from another woman.
February 14, 2014 12:51 pm
Present-day Native Americans are descended from some of the continent’s earliest settlers, a genetic study suggests.
February 13, 2014 6:44 pm
Most people are carrying around historical records in their DNA, with clues to how people from genetically distinct groups intermingled over the last 4,000 years. That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Science.
February 12, 2014 4:04 pm
Genetic testing to predict the likelihood of developing a hereditary cancer can help save millions of lives each year.
February 7, 2014 6:36 pm
23andMe finds 11 new genetic associations for allergy sufferers, but the company isn’t out of the hot-seat yet as questions continue to emerge about direct-to-consumer genetic testing.
February 7, 2014 6:31 pm
The gene has killed five people in the Linder family, and it now threatens the sisters themselves. But if they have their way, it will die out in their generation.
February 5, 2014 6:37 pm
Her first thought after she heard the news, after she screamed and made her mother and boyfriend leave the room, was that she would never have children.
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