Category Archives: genes

Cloned Horses Can Now Compete

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale, or FEI) has announced a reversal of its previous decision to ban cloned horses from competition. The FEI’s statment, quoted here, includes the following: “The FEI will not forbid participation of … Continue reading

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No Gene Patents, Please: US Dept of Justice

Needless to say, this story is rather a big deal. By Andrew Pollack, for the NYT: U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents Reversing a longstanding policy, the federal government said on Friday that human and other genes … Continue reading

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Biotech, Innovation & Clinical Trials

Here’s a blog entry, over on the Research Ethics Blog, that ought to be of interest to people interested in biotech: A Tale of Two Cousins: Tragedy and the Clinical Trial Recently the New York Times published a story about … Continue reading

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GM Rice and Intellectual Property

Are GM crops aimed at helping farmers, or corporate shareholders? Generalizing in that regard is probably a mistake. See, for instance, this story from The Sydney Morning Herald, Group produces GM rice A team of Australian scientists has genetically modified … Continue reading

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Oil-Eating Microbes

Most people probably don’t know that there are naturally-occurring microbes that make their living by eating naturally-occurring hydrocarbons (hydrocarbons are organic compounds that consist entirely of hydrogen and carbon, and that are found in crude oil). The existence of such … Continue reading

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Berkeley Backs Down on Gene Tests for Students

I blogged here a few months ago about UC Berkeley’s plan to do (voluntary) genetic testing on this year’s entire first-year class. (See: Genetic Testing and the College Freshman) Now the university is backing down. Or rather, the university has … Continue reading

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DTC Genetic Tests: Justifying Regulation

Regulation and ethics aren’t the same thing. But when done properly, good regulation is rooted in good ethical reasons. If we want to think in a constructive way about existing or potential regulations, we need to consider the values and … Continue reading

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