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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December 16, 2013 2:04 pm
Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease.
December 15, 2013 2:03 pm
A King County jury awarded $50 million to a couple whose son was born with profound mental and physical disabilities after concluding that Valley Medical Center and LabCorp mishandled a genetic test.
December 5, 2013 2:02 pm
23andMe, the Google-backed direct-to-consumer genetic testing provider, has suspended its health-related genetic testing in response to FDA’s November 22, 2013 Warning Letter.
December 3, 2013 2:51 pm
Publisher withdraws paper despite authors’ objections, citing weak evidence.
November 25, 2013 2:07 pm
The Google Inc.-backed DNA analysis company was told by U.S. regulators to halt sales of its main product because it’s being sold without marketing clearance or approval.
November 21, 2013 7:40 pm
Native Americans have closer genetic ties to people in Eurasia, the Middle East and Europe than previously believed, according to new research on a 24,000-year-old human bone.
November 20, 2013 3:04 pm
Two devices aid in screening and diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.
November 12, 2013 2:44 pm
People suffering from depression may be aging faster than other people, according to a new study from the Netherlands.
November 4, 2013 2:14 pm
Wonder what’s going on inside your microbiome? Artist Ben Arthur gives NPR an illustrated tour.
October 18, 2013 2:34 pm
The cost and accuracy of genome sequencing have improved dramatically.George Church asks why so few people are opting to inspect their genome.
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