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Genetic Crossroads
September 18th, 2008

Google, Microsoft pull sex ads after India legal threat
Agence France Presse
Internet giants Google and Microsoft have pulled adverts for sex selection products and other services considered illegal in India after being threatened with legal action.

Sydney lab cleared to clone human embryos
by Deborah Smith, The Age
Researchers at fertility company Sydney IVF were yesterday issued with Australia's first license to produce cloned human embryos for stem cell research.

Accessible science: Hackers aim to make biology household practice
by Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe
DIYbio - short for do-it-yourself biology - aims to move science into the hands of hobbyists.

Controversial stem-cell co. sinking in debt
by Christine McConville, Boston Herald
Advanced Cell Technology may be on its last breath. It is vacating its Massachusetts facility and not renewing its lease on a California research center.

The Genetic Early Adopters
by Emily Singer, Technology Review
The first people to purchase their complete genome sequences browse their books of life.

Rival genetic tests leave buyers confused
by Nic Fleming, The Times (UK)
Leading genetic testing companies are providing clients with widely divergent and inaccurate predictions of their chances of developing serious diseases.

The Gene Poll
[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]
by Eric Wahlgren, The Journal of Life Sciences
Researchers say heritability plays a role in voter turnout.

DNA's identity crisis
by Chris Smith, San Francisco
If defense attorney Bicka Barlow and a growing group of skeptical lawyers and scientists are right, we have built our justice system's use of DNA evidence on statistical sand.

Scientists Reprogram Adult Cells' Function
by Rob Stein, Washington Post
Scientists have transformed one type of fully developed adult cell directly into another inside a living animal, an advance that could sidestep the political and ethical quagmires associated with embryonic stem cell research.

Assisted Reproduction at 30
by Pete Shanks, Cutting Edge
Thirty years ago the assisted reproduction industry was born. From tiny but noisy beginnings, it grew through an occasionally troubled adolescence to maturity. Now it's time for it to become a responsible member of society.


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