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Uncontrollable Risks of Genetic Testing

A lot has been written about the risks & mostly theoretical & associated with genetic testing. Genetic information is highly personal, often difficult to understand, subject to considerable interpretation, and of widely variable predictive power. Two main kinds of worries … Continue reading

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Genetic Testing and the College Freshman

Gone are the days when a college student’s first exposure to genetics came after the first day of school, in a biology class. U.C. Berkeley is offering (or should I say “offering”) genetic testing to a few thousand freshmen this … Continue reading

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Business Ethics & Genomics: Interview

I was recently interviewed for the newsletter of Genome Atlantic, about my work at the intersection of Business Ethics & biotechnology / genomics. (I sit on a Genome Atlantic advisory body known as the “GE3LS Forum”. “GE3LS” stands for “Genomics-related, … Continue reading

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Disabilities & Genetic Testing

By bioethicist Arthur Caplan, writing for MSNBC: Disability-free world may not be a better place …Gene testing of parental carriers is leading to the birth of fewer and fewer children with inherited diseases in the United States. Other conditions such … Continue reading

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Genetic Tests for Determining Fetal Sex

It’s safe. It’s accurate. It predicts the sex of a fetus, at just a few weeks’ pregnancy. And it’s not being sold direct-to-consumers for at-home use. Yet. From the LA Times: A new test to reveal a baby’s gender revives … Continue reading

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Gene Doping & the Olympics

Cutting-edge medicine is perhaps most likely to be sought out by those with desperate need. Desperately ill people might be the first group of such people to come to mind. But what about people who are desperately driven to win … Continue reading

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Mistrusting GM Foods: Is It the Product, or the Pusher?

From Australian Food News: Australians “uncomfortable” with GM food The headline might be a bit misleading. Because a big part of what the story actually says is not that Australians are uncomfortable with GM food per se, but that they’re … Continue reading

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