Embryo research: a source of hope or horror?
by Roger Highfield, The Telegraph (UK)
May 9th, 2008
As the United Kingdom Parliament prepares to debate a Bill revising the law on embryo research, Telegraph Science Editor Roger Highfield examines the complex issues at stake.
DeGette tests support for new stem-cell bill
by Anne C. Mulkern, Denver Post
May 9th, 2008
A bill to expand federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research may be reintroduced, with additional provisions for the oversight of the work.
DNA matches aren't always a lock
by Jason Felch and Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
May 3rd, 2008
Prosecutors and crime labs across the country routinely use numbers that exaggerate the significance of DNA matches in "cold hit" cases, in which a suspect is identified through a database search.
Stem cell firm opening raises questions
May 1st, 2008
A grant for stem cell research to a California-based company by the New Jersey government is raising questions, particularly amid budget cuts.
California Takes Lead on DNA Crime-Fighting Technique
by Maura Dolan Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
April 26th, 2008
California will adopt the most aggressive approach in the nation to a controversial crime-fighting technique that uses DNA to try to identify elusive criminals through their relatives. The state will search its database for relatives of unidentified suspects in hopes of developing leads.
Senate Passes Genetic Discrimination Bill
by Jim Abrams, Associated Press
April 24th, 2008
People learning through genetic testing that they might be susceptible to devastating diseases wouldn't also have to worry about losing their jobs or their health insurance under anti-discrimination legislation the Senate passed Thursday.
A New Form of Cheaper, More Natural IVF That Could Beat Infertility and Make You a Mum
by Adele Waters, The Mirror
April 22nd, 2008
A revolutionary new form of IVF - Soft IVF - uses fewer drugs, significantly reducing the side-effects which the hormone injections in conventional treatment often cause and at a fraction of the cost.
States Crack Down On Online Gene Tests
Leading Scientists Tell Politicians to Stop Interfering Over Ethics of Embryo Research
by Robert Langreth and Matthew Herper, Forbes
April 18th, 2008
The flashy new industry of personalized gene testing is experiencing some early blowback. New York State's Department of Health has sent letters raising the specter of fines and jail time to six online gene-testing firms.
by Steve Connor, The Independent
April 15th, 2008
Politicians have been warned not to block scientific inquiry into subjects such as stem cells and embryo research just because there is a difference of opinion on the ethics or morality of the work.