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Autism Cures Promised by DNA Testers Belied by Regulatorsby Robert Langreth & John LauermanBloombergDecember 20th, 2012Genetic testing for people with autism is gaining popularity, but the DNA tests and related treatments have scant backing from science and U.S. government officials.
My Concerns About Nature Paper on Genome Transfer for Mitochondrial Diseaseby Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogDecember 20th, 2012Is this paper really a clinically relevant breakthrough for mitochondrial disease worthy of a Nature paper?
DNA Ancestry Testing: What Can it Say about Native American Identity?by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesDecember 20th, 2012The question of who belongs to what Native American tribe is rife with political, social, and legal implications. Do DNA ancestry tests provide answers or add another layer of misunderstanding?
Genes, Cells and Brains by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose - Reviewby Steven PooleThe Guardian (UK)December 19th, 2012A fascinating, lucid and angry book; a strong exposé of the hype surrounding genetics and neuroscience.
Human Cloning 'Within 50 Years'by Nick CollinsThe Telegraph (UK)December 18th, 2012Parents who lose children in accidents may be able to clone "copies" to replace them within 50 years, a British scientist who won this year's Nobel prize for medicine has predicted.
Year of the Fetusby Beth Marie MoleThe ScientistDecember 18th, 20122012 saw the introduction of a handful of non-invasive genetic prenatal tests, but the young industry faces growing pains as legal and ethical questions loom.
Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: The Dollars are in the Database by Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesDecember 18th, 201223andMe raised $50 million and plans to use it to lower the cost of its spit kit to $99. CEO Anne Wojcicki hopes this will lead to a very valuable database of one million users' genetic information.
In the Flesh: The Embedded Dangers of Untested Stem Cell Cosmetics by Ferris JabrScientific AmericanDecember 17th, 2012Unapproved procedures and skin care products endanger consumers and researchers hoping to conduct clinical trials for promising stem cell medicine.
By Hiring Kurzweil, Google Just Killed the SingularityThank God. by John PavlusMIT Technology ReviewDecember 17th, 2012Google announced a jaw-dropping hire: Ray Kurzweil as a Director of Engineering. If he wants to put his ideas into action there, he’ll have no choice but to get real about them.
German Brüstle Decision Puts Spotlight on National Patent Guidelinesby Julian HitchcockBioNewsDecember 17th, 2012The German Federal High Court fully exploited a narrow sliver of discretion granted it by an EU ruling in order to allow a patent on Oliver Brüstle's precursor cells.
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