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No Mandatory Standards for In Vitro Fertilization Clinicsby Gloria GallowayThe Globe and MailJuly 30th, 2014Would-be parents who turn to in vitro fertilization to conceive children will find inconsistent oversight of fertility clinics across the country with some facilities free to set their own policies about how to do business.
Mining Your Genetic Data for Profit: The Dark Side of Biobankingby Amanda WilsonPacific StandardJuly 29th, 2014One woman’s personal story raises deep questions about the stark limits of current controls in a nascent industry at the very edge of the frontier of humans and technology.
The Best-Selling, Billion-Dollar Pills Tested on Homeless Peopleby Carl ElliottMediumJuly 28th, 2014How the destitute and the mentally ill are being used as human lab rats.
Stem Cell Treatment Warnings After Australian Woman Dies in Russiaby Bridie SmithSydney Morning HeraldJuly 28th, 2014Risks of unproven stem cell treatments include allergic reaction or rejection of the cells by the patient’s immune system and the development of cancer, both of which can be fatal.
Scientists Accuse Government of Dishonesty Over GM Babies in its Regulation of new IVF Technique by Steve ConnorThe IndependentJuly 28th, 2014Leading scientists accuse the UK Government of misleading the public by redefining the term "genetic modification."
A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartacheby Tamar LewinThe New York TimesJuly 27th, 2014As unregulated surrogacy agencies proliferate, the story of Planet Hospital stands as a cautionary tale about their ability to prey on vulnerable clients who do not notice the red flags.
In Search for Killer, DNA Sweep Exposes Intimate Family Secrets in Italyby Elisabetta PovoledoThe New York TimesJuly 26th, 2014In the absence of other evidence, investigators embarked on the country’s largest DNA dragnet, taking genetic samples from nearly 22,000 people.
Google Wants to Create a Map of What a Healthy Human Body Looks Likeby George Dvorskyio9July 25th, 2014Called the Baseline Project, it's different from other mass medical and genomic projects in that it's seeking to collect much larger and broader sets of new data.
No ‘Rainbow Families’: Ethnic Donor Stipulation at Fertility Centre ‘Floors’ Local Womanby Jessica BarrettCalgary Herald [Canada]July 25th, 2014A Calgary woman was shocked to learn of a policy at the city’s only fertility treatment centre that restricts patients from using sperm, eggs or embryos from donors who do not match their ethnic background.
The Government Owns Your DNA. What Are They Doing with it?by Susan ScuttiNewsweekJuly 24th, 2014We may not be aware that many states have created biobanks funded by genetic material left over from our screening tests and our specimens may be used for purposes we do not fully understand.
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