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Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing: When Rights Clash
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Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing: When Rights Clash
14 August 2006 - by Dr Carol Isaacson Barash
Consumers' ability to obtain laboratory test services directly and without a medical order is increasing. Is this a good thing? Direct to consumer, otherwise known as direct access, clinical testing has been permitted for many years in some, but not in all states within the US. This disparity suggests that... [Read More]
More evidence for passive smoking gene link
14 August 2006 - by Letitia Hughes
Researchers believe they have discovered why chronic exposure to passive smoking can cause some young people to go on to develop serious chest problems like asthma, while others are not as badly affected. They have warned that children who inherit a common gene defect face a heightened... [Read More]
Woman dies after routine IVF treatment
14 August 2006 - by Laura Goodall
A British woman who had undergone a standard IVF procedure at the Leicester Royal Infirmary has died unexpectedly while undergoing another medical procedure. A coroner and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is currently investigating the cause of death. During the egg collection operation for IVF... [Read More]
Genes and behaviour research sparks controversy
14 August 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Comments made by a New Zealand scientist carrying out research into the effects of a genetic variation linked to addictive, risk-taking and aggressive behaviour have angered the country's indigenous Maori population. Rod Lea, a geneticist based at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in Wellington... [Read More]
Genetic risk factor for Parkinson's disease identified
14 August 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
US researchers have identified a genetic risk factor that they say could account for three per cent of the cause of Parkinson's disease (PD). The team, based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has shown that people who inherit a DNA change that increases production... [Read More]
Payment for egg donation debate continues
14 August 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
A leading bioethicist, Dr Insoo Hyun of Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, US, has called for women to be paid to donate eggs for stem cell research on the same basis that research participants are compensated for taking part in other medical research. In a Nature commentary... [Read More]
Bioethics think-tank calls for ban on chimera creation
14 August 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
The Scottish Council on Human Bioethics (SCHB) has published a report that supports a ban on the creation of human animal chimeras in biological research. The report, published in the journal Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics, calls for the UK to follow France and Germany and make... [Read More]

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