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April 15th, 2010

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April 15, 2010
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The Dangers of Growing DNA Databases
by Osagie K. Obasogie, Los Angeles Times

The practice of retaining genetic samples from people arrested for a crime but not convicted is growing in the U.S. It has serious human rights implications.
When Scientists Pick a Fight with the Law
by Osagie K. Obasogie, Science Progress

Researchers are calling for the FBI to allow independent scientists to look under the hood of their sizable DNA forensics database.
Public Interest Group Praises Court Decision that Human Genes Cannot Be Patented:
Center for Genetics and Society Calls Ruling a Victory for Patients, Consumers and Responsible Research

CGS welcomed the recent District Court decision invalidating patents on genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, which ruled that human genes cannot be patented because they are products of nature

The Latest from Biopolitical Times

President Obama's Bioethics Commission
by Pete Shanks
The recently announced membership of the new Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is, as expected, significantly different from that of its predecessor.
Egg Raffles and Shadow Markets: The Fertility Industry Goes Global - and Skirts Laws

by Marcy Darnovsky

The baby business has become a transnational enterprise. As in other aspects of global commerce, the lowest level of labor and consumer protection tends to prevail.
Historic Gene Patent Ruling Provokes Cheers and Jeers

by Pete Shanks

A landmark court ruling that human genes cannot be patented provokes both praise and criticism.
Gene of the Week: DIY
by Jesse Reynolds
Claims that do-it-yourself abilities are genetic are even more problematic than other "genes of the week" on which we've commented before.
23andWho?
by Pete Shanks
The most prominent personal-genomics companies are struggling and may be threatened by advancing technology.
Patricia Williams on DNA Databases

by Osagie Obasogie

In her latest column for The Nation, Columbia Law Professor Patricia Williams offers an insightful critique of a burgeoning law enforcement practice: taking and retaining DNA samples from individuals arrested for a crime regardless of whether they are ever charged or convicted.
Gene Patents on CBS's "60 Minutes"

by Jesse Reynolds

This Sunday, the long-running American television news show will air a segment on the debate over human gene patents.
Selling With Stem Cells
by Pete Shanks
The Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) is battling biotech companies over "stem cell cosmetics," some of which are already on sale in the U.S.

Other News

Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent
[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]
by Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press
In a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications for the patenting of human genes, a judge on Monday struck down a company's patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Gene-patenting issue not settled despite ruling
[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]
by Deborah L. Shelton, Chicago Tribune
A judge threw out patents on genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer, siding with scientists and health advocates who argue that a company cannot patent a product of nature.
It Ain't 'Brave New World' Yet: Federal Court Strikes Down Human Gene Patents
[Quotes CGS's Jesse Reynolds]
by Peter Jamison, San Francisco Weekly
The Center for Genetics and Society is trumpeting a ruling from a New York-based federal court that squashed a biotech company's efforts to patent human genes.
Myriad breast cancer patent very broad, study finds
by Maggie Fox, Reuters
Researchers say patent covers parts of most human genes.
Couples who pay surrogate mothers could lose right to raise the child
[United Kingdom]
by Denis Campbell, The Guardian
High court could refuse recognition of parental rights to people who flout law by paying disproportionate fees to a surrogate mother overseas.
Sex selection: Getting the baby you want
by Amanda Mitchison, Agence France-Presse
The author meets couples traveling from the UK and heading abroad where the sex selection business is booming.
Delay revealing gender of fetus to curb sex selection: Experts
by Tom Blackwell, National Post

Two medical experts are calling for doctors to not tell expectant parents the sex of their fetus until late in a pregnancy, as a subtle way to curb sex selection.
Genetic screenings are no replacement for medical advice
by Mary Shedden, The Tampa Tribune
Personal genetic testing shouldn't be seen as serious medical advice, say those working in the rapidly evolving field of genomics.
Science in court: DNA's identity crisis
by Natasha Gilbert, Nature

It may be the gold standard of forensic science, but questions are now being raised about DNA identification from ever-smaller human traces.
Tories give up plan to block police retention of DNA samples - for now [United Kingdom]
by Elliott and Richard Ford , The Times
The Conservative Party has abandoned attempts to block the retention of DNA samples, to pre-empt a Labour campaign leading up to elections.
The ultimate betrayal
by Lara Torgesen, Indy Week

Thousands of North Carolina residents were forcibly sterilized as part of the state's eugenics policy. The survivors are seeking justice before they die.
Stem cell agency draws Capitol scrutiny again
by John Howard, Capitol Weekly
Lawmakers again are questioning the operations and culture of the state's stem cell program.
Horse cloning sparks debate in America's breeding stables
The Telegraph
Horse lovers are increasingly turning to cloning, but the practice has sparked debate among breeders.

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