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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June 17, 2013 2:31 pm
The British royal family may have some explaining to do. If the results of a DNA test conducted by BritainsDNA are to be believed, the royal lineage has some unlikely roots — in India.
June 13, 2013 2:08 pm
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.
May 31, 2013 12:04 pm
Japan, the largest market for U.S. wheat exports, suspended imports from the United States and canceled a major purchase of white wheat on after discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat in Oregon.
May 31, 2013 11:56 am
A study has been tracking women who have had kids both before and after gastric bypass surgeries, and it reveals that the children also see changes in how their bodies handle fats and sugars.
May 29, 2013 12:06 pm
A pioneering programme to test cancer patients for nearly 100 risk genes is to start in London and could represent the future of treatment in the NHS.
May 20, 2013 2:07 pm
Critics say the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics’ recent recommendations for reporting incidental clinical sequencing results undermine patient autonomy.
May 10, 2013 1:36 pm
Genetic mutations that halt a cell’s ability to scrap unnecessary proteins may cause a condition marked by ataxia, hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism, and dementia, researchers found.
May 10, 2013 1:35 pm
From Ireland to Turkey, Europeans are all related, sharing a link with ancestors who were alive just 1,000 years ago, according to a new genetic study.
May 3, 2013 1:42 pm
Efforts to sequence the genomes of cancer cells — to pinpoint the changes that occur in cancer cells’ DNA when a person has the disease — are pointing to ways to target cancer treatment.
April 19, 2013 2:13 pm
Researchers sequenced the genome of the coelacanth: a deep-sea fish that closely resembles its ancestors, which lived at least 300 million years ago.
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