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Gay or Straight? Saliva Test Can Predict Male Sexual Orientationby Jessica HamzelouNew ScientistOctober 8th, 2015“Suggestive” study results that link genetics and sexual orientation raise troubling questions and potential for abuse.
Genes can’t be patented, rules Australia’s High Courtby Michael SlezakNew ScientistOctober 7th, 2015In what is considered a stronger decision than in US, Myriad's patent application for BRCA1 is denied in Australia because genes and mutations are "not 'made' by human action."
DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNAby Erin E. MurphyThe Daily BeastOctober 7th, 2015DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but our genetic material acts in mysterious ways, and chimerism may “undermine the very basis of the forensic DNA system.”
30k-60K US Sperm and Egg Donor Births Per Year?by Wendy KramerHuffington PostOctober 6th, 2015For the past 28 years the estimated number of children born via donor insemination has remained 30,000: that’s because there is no reliable method of assessing how many children are conceived via donor insemination.
UNESCO Calls for More Regulations on Genome Editing, DTC Genetic Testingby StaffGenomeWebOctober 6th, 2015The organization's International Bioethics Committee released a report recommending a moratorium on genome editing the human germline.
GMO Propaganda and the Sociology of Scienceby Kristine MattisCounterpunchOctober 5th, 2015The false association between anti-GMO and anti-science sentiment obscures the lack of scientific consensus about the health and environmental effects of GMOs.
UK Womb Transplants: 5 Ethical Issuesby Rachael RettnerLive ScienceOctober 5th, 2015A new UK clinical trial would expose both patient and developing fetus to autoimmune suppressants, use uteruses from deceased donors, and require that clinical patients have a "long-term partner", even though alternatives to this radical new technology exist.
Designer babies crawl closerby Laurie ZolothCosmos MagazineOctober 5th, 2015Are humans mature enough to engineer human embryos? Embryo engineering has been rejected by every ethics committee that has ever considered it.
Women Find a Fertility Test Isn't as Reliable as They'd Likeby Eliza BarclayNPROctober 5th, 2015Ovarian reserve tests are often ambiguous and can be misinterpreted; some fertility specialists worry that many women will be misled by their results.
Advances in DNA Testing Could Put Thousands of Texas Cases in Legal Limboby Meagan FlynnHouston PressOctober 5th, 2015Problems with prior mixed DNA testing analysis and statistical claims cast doubt on some DNA-based criminal convictions in the state of Texas.
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