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DNA, home testing and fuzzy human rights « UK Human Rights Blog

It is therefore not difficult to imagine the issue of DNA home-testing coming before the courts. If accuracy improves on testing for diseases, it might be argued that a home-test kit should be provided for free on the NHS, or even at schools as this falls under the state’s basic duty to protect life under Article 2 of the European Convention. From an Article 8 perspective, if, contrary to the HGC recommendations, parents start to test their children’s DNA when there is no specific clinical need, rights groups may seek to judicially review the currently laissez-faire regulation of the [more...]

Date: 2010-08-04 08:07:41

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Recovery Act funding boosts science, jobs - but what's next ...

Stimulus funding allowed the hiring of a full-time research coordinator, speeding up enrollment in a study testing whether tight control of blood sugar in children who have undergone open-heart surgery can prevent infection and death, as it does in adults. Critical Care physician Michael Agus, MD, and his colleagues have data on 600 children so far (out of 980 planned). • Hearts in a dish. Aside from infection, congenital heart disease is the leading cause of disease and death in infants. In a first-of-its-kind study, pediatric cardiologist William Pu, MD, and colleagues will use [more...]

Date: 2010-10-06 18:11:24


Think Out Loud Sizing Up Your Genes · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Now, a host of startup companies are selling at-home kits that promise to unlock the secrets of customers' DNA in a matter of weeks.  Intel employees, who get a discounts from two genetic testing companies, use the tests to reveal their genetic predisposition to everything from cancer to cellulite. But many in the medical community are skeptical of the tests' legitimacy, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a report calling the tests "misleading" and accusing the companies administering them of "questionable practices." Have you elected to use genetic testing? If [more...]

Date: 2010-08-11 16:00:00


Increases Test Country Test Kit online pharmaceuticals as part of ...

The company offers kits to work from home or test drug test for a variety of needs, including HIV / AIDS testing kits, pregnancy and fertility, paternity testing and DNA testing drugs, identification of health risks, diseases and cancer detection, nutrition and wellness testing. Test Country specializes in easy to use tests that can be individually administered in the security and privacy of home or office. All shipments are packaged discreetly and with due regard for privacy of the customer. The company works exclusively through its website, found at www.testcountry.com and has some of the [more...]

Date: 2010-09-19 00:48:33


Coralville's IDT Partners with Marshall University

The Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) has announced it has entered into an applied research and product development partnership with leading biotechnology company Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT). According to the terms of the agreement, scientists at MIIR will be developing optimized biomolecular analyses or “assays” to be used by IDT for the detection and quantification of ribonucleic acid (RNA). The goal of the co-development project is to significantly improve the specificity of IDT’s current assay methods without substantially increasing the cost. IDT’s [more...]

Date: 2010-05-21 20:59:12


Bioroundup: Clinical-trial loopholes, newborn genetic testing ...

Widespread newborn genetic testing and its unexpected consequences — All 50 states now mandate testing of newborn infants for several inherited diseases, many of which can be alleviated by prompt changes in newborn diet or other interventions. But the rapid spread of such testing highlights shortcomings in the system, the WSJ reports. More screening means a greater number of mistakes, especially false alarms, and has also highlighted the fact that many doctors are unprepared to deal with a diagnosis of these rare diseases. Resources are also often scarce for parents suddenly forced to deal [more...]

Date: 2007-11-01 00:52:03


Genetic Test Kits To Hit Stores Amid Controversy | TopNews Arab ...

Walgreens is all set to begin selling Insight personal genetic testing kits Friday, the first major retail chain in the US to offer home tests for assessing one’s risk of developing any one of a dozen different health conditions, with CVS stores marketing them by August. Raising immediate concerns among scientists, bio-ethicists and genetic counsellors, the news has them worried that in the absence of a full medical assessment, consumers will misuse or misunderstand test results open to interpretation. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the medical claims the [more...]

Date: 2010-05-12 20:31:57


Genetic Testing to Predict Disease: Ethical, Legal, and Social ...

authorbio Linda MacDonald Glenn, J.D., L.L.M. (in Biomedical Ethics, from McGill University) is a healthcare ethics educato more on author Genetic Testing to Predict Disease: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) articlehighlights Genetic testing to predict disease can be helpful to individuals and some families but poses ethical, legal, and social questions. For example: Do you know your privacy rights when it comes to genetic testing? Does a doctor have a right to share your information with family? Would you allow a child to have genetic testing? Would you use genetic testing to [more...]

Date: 2007-12-06 16:11:57


Cystic Fibrosis Testing « Fertility Doctor's Blog

Cystic fibrosis testing for couples contemplating pregnancy – what are the issues Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common autosomal recessive genetic disorder in Caucasian populations.  CF is a disease that affects the lungs and intestines of those who carry it.  Not everyone has the same severity of symptoms.  Affected individuals may have significant health issues, and shortened life expectancies. CF affects approximately 1/3300 Caucasians, 1/8000 Hispanics, and 1/15000 Blacks. CF is inherited when an asymptomatic genetic carrier adult passes on the gene to an offspring who also gets a [more...]

Date: 2010-06-01 11:03:24


Health Tests Often Do More Harm than Good : Shatter Limits

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics called on the government to set up an accreditation scheme for providers of online health records, and for DNA testing and body scanning services to be better regulated to help protect consumers. “The internet is now often the first port of call for people to find out more about their health. People need to know where they can get accurate health information, how to buy medicines online safely and how any personal information about their health posted online might be used,” said Christopher Hood, one of the leading authors of the report. The report also [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 21:09:10


What does your DNA look like? « New Voices

The testing and screening is a way for Ashkenazi Jews to determine if they are carriers of 11 “common” Jewish genetic diseases. About 1 in 5 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier. The testing, screening, and counseling that precedes and concludes the event are there to help participants make decisions and figure out what the information means to them. At first, this seemed completely rational to me. Of course I’d want to know if I’m a carrier of a fatal disease, which could affect my future kids (and that’s a long way in the future). But naturally, there are ethical debates that can be [more...]

Date: 2010-10-12 01:24:47


Tighter rules needed for online health services? | IT PRO

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics called on the government to set up an accreditation scheme for providers of online health records, and for DNA testing and body scanning services to be better regulated to help protect consumers. "The internet is now often the first port of call for people to find out more about their health. People need to know where they can get accurate health information, how to buy medicines online safely and how any personal information about their health posted online might be used," said Christopher Hood, one of the leading authors of the report. The report also [more...]

Date: 2010-10-12 07:36:28


Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network: James Godsey, Ph.D., to Join ...

Mr. Jones added that "Dr. Lorincz has led Digene's research since the company's founding. He was responsible for the development of the company's lead product - the Hybrid Capture® 2 HPV DNA Test. By expanding our scientific leadership team, Dr. Lorincz will have more time to foster our relationships with global scientific thought leaders and to explore possible new 'frontiers' for the company's growth." In addition to his work at Veridex and GenProbe, Dr. Godsey was President/COO of ThermoGenesis Corporation and he held a number of increasingly responsible positions with DADE Microscan [more...]

Date: 2006-10-27 21:26:00


Experts warn about genetic tests - News Sharing Portal

There have been long-term studies tracking large numbers of people over time to see if those with certain gene mutations go on to develop associated diseases, but Hall said such genetic information was no more superior in predicting disease. "In general, adding the genetic information doesn't improve on the ability to predict over and above what you know about existing risk factors," he said. "So knowing that you smoke, blood pressure, your gender, family history and age; they are still good predictors of disease risk and genetic information usually doesn't do as well as those fairly crude [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 02:17:15


Curious About Your DNA? Just Stop By Walgreens - Better Health

San Diego based startup Pathway Genomics announced  that it will begin selling its DNA collection kits at Walgreens drugstores beginning in mid-May, for about $20 to $30. Unlike a pregnancy test, users won’t be able to get results immediately. They will have to send in their saliva sample and then go to Pathway’s website to select the particular test they want. Users choose from drug response ($79), which assesses how well an individual can metabolize certain drugs, predicting the best dosage for that person or whether they will be susceptible to certain side effects; [more...]

Date: 2010-05-20 16:00:07


Heart disease - symptoms and screening

Coronary angiography: This is the most powerful and reliable tool in identifying heart disease. This test accurately establishes the presence of the disease and reveals the severity of the disease and determines the treatment required. In the stressful environments of today and the unhealthy lifestyles that many tend to follow, a yearly check up after the age of 35 is a good idea. I always ask my friends, and virtually make them go, for some basic non-invasive tests like ECG and blood tests for cholesterol and diabetes.  It’s always wise to be informed and aware of our health indices, for [more...]

Date: 2010-10-09 15:53:03


Mitochondrial Disease can be diagnosed with a new test.

The SOLiD NextGen sequencing platform developed by Life Technologies was used for testing because of its low error rate and high throughput. This rigorous sequencing of mitochondrial DNA by MitoDx can detect mixtures (heteroplasmy) of normal and mutant DNA even when the mutant or normal form is present at very low levels. This allows mitochondrial disease to be evaluated much more sensitively in an accessible tissue like blood or saliva. Richard Boles, MD, the Director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disorders Clinic at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles says, “MitoDx has confirmed the [more...]

Date: 2010-09-29 04:56:00


Is there a Cure for Autoimmune Disease? — DrHyman.com

Her muscle enzymes and liver function tests showed severe damage. She had many autoimmune antibodies (anti-nuclear antibodies, rheumatoid factor, anti-SSA, anti-DNA, anti-RNP, lupus anticoagulant), a sign that the levels at which the body was attacking itself were extremely elevated. Other markers of inflammation were extremely high as well. Her white blood count and red blood cell count were low. Her vitamin D was also low. She had elevated levels of antibodies to gluten, which is a common cause of autoimmune disease and triggers significant intestinal inflammation. And her mercury level was [more...]

Date: 2010-10-09 17:24:25


Home DNA Testing A Reality -- Thanks, Walgreens!

Tips on how to make money with domain names -- creating, buying, monetizing as advertising vehicles, and selling Internet addresses Walgreens, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, was going to sell DNA testing kits this month, but the FDA called the kits into question and Walgreens dropped their plans... for now. The saliva test kits are made by Pathway Genomics. They'll tell when someone is at high-risk to get chronic diseases, including Alzheimer's, cystic fibrosis and Tay-Sachs disease. The test will identify people who carry the genes for such diseases, which they could pass along to their [more...]

Date: 2010-05-11 21:15:00


Blood tests for mitochondrial disease | MitoAction

MEDomics sequences the entire mitochondrial DNA genome thousands of times.  That sometimes allows the diagnosis of mitochondrial disease to be made with a blood sample rather than with painful muscle biopsies.  MitoDx is a test of unprecedented power for diagnosing mitochondrial genome disease, which is roughly ”half the elephant” of mitochondrial disease. Interesting download here - "How does mitochondrial disease manifest itself?"Join us this Thursday, September 16th, at noon Eastern time (US) -- dial in at 1-866-414-2828, participant code 017921#  -- as Dr. Sommer discusses:    * [more...]

Date: 2010-09-14 17:39:35


Test For Expecting Mothers May Reveal Inherited Diseases – digital ...

Using exceedingly exact digital oximeter testing equipment, both normal and mutant DNA sequences are reviewed in maternal blood. The blood count is then utilized to determine the amount of distorted genes inherited by the unborn child and to decide the likelihood of the baby developing a monogenic disorder. Lo, did note the accurateness of his technique depends on the amount of DNA from the fetus present in the maternal blood during testing. If identified at its earliest stage, physicians have a better chance of treating the monogenic disease and gaining the best results. For example, [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 18:24:40


Invitation to Talk on Genetic Testing: BrCa Prevention, Best ...

One test option used to select patients who are most likely to benefit from chemotherapy is the MammaPrint, a comprehensive 70-gene profile and the only FDA-cleared breast cancer recurrence test. Despite the relatively high cost, MammaPrint is reimbursed by an increasing number of medical schemes in South Africa as it can reduce the use of chemotherapy with about one-third. This is due to the efforts of a group of surgeons, oncologists and Prof Manie de Klerk of Qualsa, who developed an algorithm for use of this test in oestrogen-positive breast cancer patients. These guidelines were [more...]

Date: 2010-09-25 10:22:00


DNAction » Pathway Launches an Extended Carrier Status Screening ...

Traditionally, pregnancy-related genetic testing has been limited to prospective parents whose family history or ethnicity suggests that they may be at an increased risk for a particular genetic disease. One example of this is genetic screening for Tay-Sachs disease mutations in people of Ashkenazi Jewish origin. The problem with this approach is that it relies on self-reported ethnicity and family history, which can be incomplete or misleading. Additionally, the ethnic distribution and prevalence of many genetic disease-causing mutations is not known. The Simple Solution Using only a [more...]

Date: 2010-09-02 19:09:22


The Mermaid's Tale: Direct-to-consumer genetic testing -- again

have increased greatly in living memory.  That's environment, not genes!  Even breast cancer risk fluctuates, even for people with the high risk alleles, depending on when a carrier was born.  Genetic effects depend on context.  Yet knowing as we do that the effect of context can change we know that we don't know the future environmental exposures -- and hence the future risks associated with the same genotypes.  Many or most DTC risk estimates are, quite literally, passé. So, again as we've said before, regulation of what these companies is selling is a legal issue that must be [more...]

Date: 2010-10-12 09:35:00


Risks of Presymptomatic Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing ...

The letter was prompted by the announcement by Pathway Genomics and Walgreens of the impending marketing of an over-the-counter testing kit to analyze genetic risk and provide information regarding more than 70 diseases or traits. Although similar tests are already marketed online, the availability of consumer-initiated genetic testing through the largest U.S. drugstore chain represented a major leap. After receiving the FDA’s letter, Walgreens postponed plans to carry the device. The FDA has since issued similar letters to 19 additional companies.1 The agency seeks to protect the public [more...]

Date: 2010-08-18 21:00:34


Eurogene: Celiac disease – Genetic testing and clinical utility

Arguments for genetic testing: In newborns it would be helpful to identify the genetically predisposed so that the correct feeding advice can be given (it’s not just celiac disease but other autoimmune diseases as well, with shared HLA alleles). Why test though, why not give the same advice to all? The feeding program needs to be carefully followed and not all populations are as compliant as the Swedish (certainly not the Italians!) so it makes sense to target just the at risk groups, and if we don’t start somewhere we’ll never get to personalised medicine! Are some people squeamish [more...]

Date: 2010-02-25 10:17:00


Is Alzheimer disease a disease where genetic testing is recommened ...

Is Alzheimer disease a disease where genetic testing is recommened to determine who carries the trait? What are my chances of getting Alzheimer disease? What is a good song for a video to be shown at an Alzheimer's benefit? [more...]

Date: 2010-09-22 07:39:45


Cousin marriage in the UK and genetic testing | john hawks weblog

The authors mention genetic testing only briefly, mentioning that it cannot eliminate all risk of all rare autosomal recessive disorders because we cannot test for every possible disease-associated variant. That is true, but at some point the effectiveness of screening for known variants makes the additional risk of cousin marriage very slight compared to the ordinary risk in outbred marriages. What remains is the question of inbreeding depression. How important are genes of small effect to phenotypes we care about? If they're very important, then health-related phenotypes may be suboptimal [more...]

Date: 2010-09-19 13:30:00


Government moves to oversee at-home genetic tests - Chicago ...

The FDA first signaled a possible shift in direction after another firm, Pathway Genomics, last month moved to sell genetic test kits through Walgreens drugstores. The plan was quickly shelved, but a high-profile congressional committee launched its own investigation. The tests prompting attention are not the highly specialized DNA scans ordered by physicians. Instead, these consumer-oriented offerings evaluate an individual's risk of developing various illnesses or responding variably to different medications, based on test findings. That is problematic because most of the genetic [more...]

Date: 2010-06-15 01:08:00


Mutant gene discovery in Jews may stop brain damage | Sevarth

As the disease is both severe and common, testing for these mutations will probably soon become a routine prenatal genetic screening test in these two populations so that future cases can be prevented, by carriers either not marrying each other or having children together, or by abortion or pre-genetic diagnosis to choose healthy embryos for in-vitro fertilization. Prof. Ohad Birk and doctoral student Orly Agamy of the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev at BGU and colleagues at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba demonstrated the first human disease associated with a [more...]

Date: 2010-10-12 07:23:13


Ancestral DNA Testing « : Blisstree - Serious Health and Wellness ...

using DNA testing for other more legitimate reasons, such as for improving their health. Anyway, Carolina A. Miranda of Time Magazine is the latest to delve into her ancestry using ancestral DNA tests. Today at least half a dozen companies will, for about $200 a pop, take your spittle, analyze the heck out of it and tell you who and what you are. The tests are popular among adoptees, armchair genealogists and high school seniors praying that a link to some underrepresented ethnic group will help get them into the Ivies. Already a card-carrying minority, I thought a test might help me figure [more...]

Date: 2006-08-28 20:54:21


Risks of Presymptomatic Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing ...

“Geneticists have long cited the risks of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, highlighting the danger for consumers who make complex medical decisions without adequate clinical guidance. On May 10, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voiced its concern by sending a letter informing Pathway Genomics that its DNA testing and interpretation service “appears to meet the definition of a device” and may therefore require FDA approval.  The letter was prompted by the announcement by Pathway Genomics and Walgreens of the impending marketing of an over-the-counter testing kit to [more...]

Date: 2010-08-25 01:53:32


VIDEO: Jewish DNA – The Kohanim Gene and the Lost Tribes of Israel

Video excerpt from a lecture by Jon Entine (author of Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People) discussing the Kohanim (Cohanim) Gene, also known as the Y chromosomal Aaron hypothesis and how it can help us establish the truth or fiction behind the ten lost tribes of Israel, discussing such groups as Ethiopian Jews and the Lemba tribe of southern Africa. In 2007, Entine published Abraham's Children, which examined the shared ancestry of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and addressed the question "Who is a Jew?" as seen through the prism of DNA. In the lecture, he also [more...]

Date: 2010-09-26 20:03:22


Women's Health And Heart Disease | Health news for americans

In most cases, you will need some tests to find out for sure if you have heart disease and how severe it is. If your doctor doesn’t mention tests, be sure to ask whether they could be helpful. Most screening tests are done outside the body and are painless. After taking a careful medical history and doing a physical examination, your doctor may give you one or more of the following tests: I Electrocardiogram(ECG or EKG) makes a graph of the heart’s electrical activity as it beats. This test can show abnormal heartbeats, heart muscle damage, blood flow problems in the coronary arteries, [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 15:04:47


Why You Shouldn't Do Genetic Testing On Yourself - Eilene ...

Walgreens and CVS had announced agreements with Pathway Genomics to sell its genetic testing kit in their stores nationwide—and those kits claim the ability to test for more than 70 health issues, according to a story in Technology Review, including predispositions to Alzheimer’s, breast cancer and diabetes. But after the Committee started questioning the tests, the FDA began questioning the legality of selling them direct to consumers, and Walgreens decided to put its plans on hold. The problem is one of a lack of consistency among states, in terms of regulating these tests.  Although [more...]

Date: 2010-05-27 00:49:27


Responsible Breeders: ARVC DNA Test? - Boxer Forum : Boxer Breed ...

Three questions for the responsible breeders: Are you running the ARVC DNA tests on your breeding stock? Why or why not? Am I limiting myself too much if I only consider breeders that are running the ARVC (and DM) DNA tests? A little background on this – we are currently managing ARVC in our 5 year old. We’re not ready or interested in a puppy right at the moment, but the deck is seriously stacked against us that our girl will live to a ripe old age (ARVC isn't the only issue). I want to take my time and start searching now for a good breeder for a future puppy. I’m looking for a [more...]

Date: 2010-07-22 02:23:19


deCODE receives California Clinical Laboratory License

Our competitors outsource the science, the DNA-analysis, or both. But for us this is the real foundation of personalized medicine, and we are committed to delivering only the best validated tests and the highest quality results, all in-house. We are pleased that Californians will now be able to benefit from the highest quality products in this exciting new field,” said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE. Through its reference laboratory testing service, www.decodediagnostics.com, deCODE offers DNA-based tests for assessing individual risk of heart attack, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, [more...]

Date: 2009-02-19 18:14:45


Call for genetic testing regulation - Karameloo News U.K.

Tests and body scans to predict future diseases can be misleading and “medically meaningless”, experts said as they called for tighter regulation. Hundreds of foreign GPs work in Britain unchecked: NHS chiefs criticised for not testing EU doctors As many as three quarters of those flying in for lucrative shifts may not have faced language or competency tests, figures show. Britain and France could share nuclear testing site A half-a century long ban on the United Kingdom sharing nuclear secrets with countries other than the United States could be about to come to an end. ADHD ‘may be [more...]

Date: 2010-10-11 23:11:45


Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Road Map or Tarot Cards ...

Laboratory Processes: Laboratories performing tests should be accredited for quality assurance in molecular genetic testing. Interpretation of Test Results: Depending on the test, interpretation should be carried out under guidance of an appropriately trained and accredited professional. When information is provided related to risk assessment, the differences between relative and absolute risks should be made clear. Provision of Results: Information should be provided in an easy-to-understand format. When testing for conditions or traits, non-genetic factors should be identified. Continuing [more...]

Date: 2010-09-05 18:24:07


The Best Way to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Genetic counseling and genetic testing for families who may have a hereditary form of colon cancer, such as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Since most colon polyps and early cancers are silent (produce no symptoms), it is important to do screening and surveillance for colon cancer in patients without symptoms or signs of the polyps or cancers. Screening tests are used to look for disease in people who do not have any symptoms. Although there are good colorectal cancer screening tests, not enough people have them done. The majority [more...]

Date: 2010-09-30 18:54:43


Walgreens Postpones Sale of Genetic Testing Kit

Mere days after announcing plans to sell the first over-the-counter genetic testing kit at 6,000 locations, the nation’s largest drugstore chain has reversed course. Walgreens, which operates 7,500 retail outlets across the country, is holding off on stocking the tests because of concerns expressed by the Food and Drug Administration in an open letter to the company that makes the product. On Tuesday, Pathway Genomics, a San Diego-based start-up that already sells genetic tests online, announced that the product, called Insight, would be available at Walgreens locations starting May [more...]

Date: 2010-05-13 17:45:18


Leukemia Cancer of Bones Marrow and Blood | Just Care Your Health

In this test doctor takes sample from bone draw, marrow bones or lymph node biopsy. The sample is examined microscopically for abnormalities that indicate damage to the DNA cells. Spinal Tap In this doctor take sample from cerebrospinal fluid. The sample is taken usually from lower back. The fluid is check for leukemia and other abnormalities. A spinal tap may cause severe headache which is lasing for long time. Scan and X-Ray Scan and X-ray are technologies which are used to take picture of bones, organ and insides tissues. These images are interpreted by the radiologist write a report and [more...]

Date: 2010-10-11 08:00:14


Human genome mapping a failure in finding cures for disease

Ten years ago, President Bill Clinton announced that the complete human genome had been successfully mapped, and Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health predicted genetic diagnosis of disease within a decade. “Over the longer term, perhaps in another 15 or 20 years,” Collins said then, “you will see a complete transformation in therapeutic medicine.” Yet 10 years later, genetic diagnosis of disease remains a distant dream, and many of the supposed genetic predictors of disease risk are being debunked one by one. After the mapping of the genome, the National Institutes [more...]

Date: 2010-10-10 22:43:23


IVF News - Embryo selection clause triggers controversy in deaf ...

Lichy and Garfield have one deaf three-year-old daughter and are considering trying to have another child, possibly using IVF and possibly using genetic testing to check for risk of serious disease. The couple do not wish to reject an embryo, as the new law would arguably compel them to, on the grounds that it is likely to be deaf. Lichy and Garfield celebrate the cultural (as distinct from medical) aspects of deafness, and do not accept the common view of deafness as a disability. The couple have been interviewed extensively in the print, broadcast and online media, attracting both support [more...]

Date: 2008-03-17 07:00:00


Genetic Testing Not As Simple As A,G,C | Singularity Hub

Genetic testing, like most technologies leading up to the singularity, has its pros and cons. Would-be parents can feel better knowing they don’t have to pass on life-threatening conditions to their offspring; they might be carriers, but that doesn’t mean their children have to be. For instance, the neurological disorder Tay-Sachs has virtually disappeared because of carrier screening. The foray into this new era of information sharing is bound to effect our lives, but how? A loss of privacy could lead to unjust discrimination. The time of genetic selection using low cost solutions is at [more...]

Date: 2010-06-21 02:14:48


Jewish Community Center offers genetic testing | PennLive.com

The Jewish Community Center will host a program offering accurate, affordable and painless testing for four Jewish genetic diseases. The program, scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Jewish Community Center at 3301 N. Front St., Harrisburg, will include testing for Tay-Sachs, Canavan disease, cystic fibrosis and Familial Dysautonomia through a cheek swab. The four tests, offered by Ravgen Diagnostics of Columbia, Md., for $95 instead of the $1,400 it would cost to have the tests individually, are recommended by the American College of Obstetricians & [more...]

Date: 2009-01-28 00:00:00


How Genetics DNA Testing Works?

Take this test laboratories in genetic ancestral DNA testing or home DNA testing is to test a specific service to determine your ancestors and history of your race. The prenatal genetic testing can also be used to determine paternity and also to discover many of diseases or health problems that children can achieve in their lives, and this test is performed before the child is born. These diseases may be related to DNA damage and DNA test is a factor in whether we can secure the child is sick to warn parents of what to do with their child. Genetic DNA testing are done with several purpose and [more...]

Date: 2010-09-21 18:45:10


Getting Personal: Genetic Testing for Health, Disease & Ancestry ...

A Gen-Yer's Journey Through Life, Liberty and Social Media Gen-Yer approaching my Quarter Life Crisis while embracing the role of Social Media Specialist for a tech company called SoftCom. Join me as I learn and grow - sharing the good, bad and glamorous. Twitter Updates @extrAndrew what topics you discuss :) 30 minutes ago @Maoudi that was a pr request from @joanneacri: 49 minutes ago are u a blogger and want to be considered for future PR initiatives? please dm me your blog/beat/readership so i can put u in my files! 56 minutes ago RT @AlexConde: @joanneacri: PR Request: Women in [more...]

Date: 2010-08-09 00:00:46


UC Berkeley Modifies Freshmen DNA Testing Project

August 13, 2010 "Bring Your Genes to Cal", a genetic testing project by the University of California Berkeley, was meant to be an educational tool for incoming freshmen on personalized medicine, but has turned into education for the university on the politics and policy of medical testing, reported SF Gate. The project is part of an annual exercise in which the university involves new students in a common educational experience. This year's theme was personalized medicine. The Chronicle of Higher Education added that Mark Schlissel, dean of biological sciences, said he hoped the [more...]

Date: 2010-08-13 00:00:01


Nanotechnology based point of care test (POCT) to be developed for ...

The early outcome of the patient’s results will also reduce the chances of transmission and spread of the disease. The rapid test POCT is still available at very high cost to the countries where fighting TB is still a major challenge. With the utilization of nanotechnology for medical applications, utilizing nanotechnology for developing a rapid POCT is expected to be cost effective and have the potential to catch and analyze the disease markers. Applied Nanodetectors, one of the leading nanosensor technology developer has recently got Technology Strategy Board grant for developing [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 03:01:41



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