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DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screeningby Nell GreenfieldboyceNational Public RadioJanuary 26th, 2015This kind of test, called cell free fetal DNA testing, uses a simple blood sample from an expectant mother to analyze bits of fetal DNA that have leaked into her bloodstream.
Genetic Testing and Tribal Identityby Rose EvelethThe AtlanticJanuary 26th, 2015Why many Native Americans have concerns about DNA kits like 23andme.
Blood Money: Is it Wrong to Pay Donors?by Judith HarveyThe GuardianJanuary 25th, 2015In some countries, people get paid for giving blood. And in the UK, one has to buy in plasma. But is safety compromised when money changes hands?
Obama to Request Research Funding for Treatments Tailored to Patients’ DNAby Robert PearThe New York TimesJanuary 24th, 2015President Obama will seek hundreds of millions of dollars for a new initiative to develop medical treatments tailored to genetic and other characteristics of individual patients.
Egg Donor Loses Case Against IRS, Must Pay Taxes on Earningsby Richard RubinBloombergJanuary 22nd, 2015The U.S. Tax Court rejected a California woman’s attempt to avoid taxes on the $20,000 she received when she donated her eggs for use by infertile couples.
China Says Its Gender Imbalance "Most Serious" in the World by Reuters staffScientific AmericanJanuary 22nd, 2015The National Health and Family Planning Commission said it would step up supervision on fetal sex determination, which is banned in China.
Privacy is dead, Harvard professors tell Davos forumAgence France PresseJanuary 22nd, 2015"We are at the dawn of the age of genetic McCarthyism," said one Harvard researcher.
US Precision-Medicine Proposal Sparks Questionsby Sara ReardonNatureJanuary 22nd, 2015President Obama announced a "Precision Medicine Initiative" in his State of the Union address, but the White House is remaining tight-lipped about the details.
Scientists Develop Technique Aimed at Preventing Spread of Bio-Engineered Organismsby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesJanuary 21st, 2015Could genetically modified bacteria escape from a laboratory or fermentation tank and cause disease or ecological destruction? Two groups of scientists hope to use synthetic biology to prevent it from happening.
Study: Environment Trumps Genetics in Shaping Immune Systemby Laura NeergaardAssociated PressJanuary 19th, 2015How your immune system does its job seems to depend more on your environment and the germs you encounter than on your genes.
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