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  • House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results

    03/10/2017 8:10:21 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 135 replies
    StatNews ^ | 03/10/2017 | Sharon Begley
    House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/10/workplace-wellness-genetic-testing/ House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results By Sharon Begley @sxbegle March 10, 2017 A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information. Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do...
  • Going Green and Frankenfood

    01/14/2016 7:54:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/14/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    New abundance of food and fodder in the world is not only a result of genetic modifications. Greening of the world is also the consequence of the atmospheric carbon dioxide level that’s beneficial to plants worldwide The world is going green – literally, in all kinds of places that were desert-like before. Have you ever been in an airplane crossing the semi-arid foot hills of the Rocky Mountains and looking down at the ground? You’ll have seen large green, circular patches between the miles of dry brown land. Those patches are irrigated fields sprouting vegetables and fruits of various kinds....
  • Stanford Researchers Urge Lifting of NIH Funding Restrictions on Chimeric Research [Luke 17]

    11/20/2015 9:26:58 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Bioethics.com ^ | 11/05/2015 | Staff
    Citing the "tremendous potential" of research on human stem cells in nonhuman embryos, scientists and a bioethicist from the Stanford University School of Medicine have co-authored a letter urging the removal of funding restrictions imposed on such research last month by the National Institutes of Health. The researchers believe that work on what are called chimeric embryos is vital to advance our understanding of early human development, further our ability to accurately model devastating diseases and facilitate drug testing to ensure that potential therapies are safe and effective. "Currently, it is impossible to accurately recapitulate human development in vitro, and...
  • Study claims to locate genetic differences between gay, straight men

    10/09/2015 2:35:13 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 100 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 09, 2015 | FoxNews
    A new study claims to have located nine parts of the male genetic code that indicate whether a person is heterosexual or homosexual. However, the study's authors also say that there is some evidence that environment plays a role in a man's sexual orientation by altering the activity of certain genes.
  • Half of world’s Muslims are inbred due to generations of incest

    07/18/2015 5:26:37 PM PDT · by anymouse · 79 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | July 18, 2015 | Dr. Eowyn
    Here’s an explanation for Islamic terrorism that’s never proffered: Insanity and Stupidity A never-spoken-about problem with Muslims is their inbreeding as a result of their long and deeply-ingrained practice of marrying first cousins — a practice that has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses. More than 7 years ago, the UK’s environment minister Phil Woolas had sounded the alarm about this “very sensitive” issue that is “rarely debated”. Referring to the culture of arranged marriages between cousins in the Muslim immigrant community, Woolas said: “If you have a child with your cousin the likelihood is...
  • New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet

    07/14/2015 2:46:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 7/10/15 | Emily Singer
    New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet Scientists hope that new genetic letters, created in the lab, will endow DNA with new powers. Olena Shmahalo/Quanta MagazineThe two new letters are named P and Z, and fit seamlessly into existing DNA. By: Emily SingerJuly 10, 2015 Comments (14) DNA stores our genetic code in an elegant double helix. But some argue that this elegance is overrated. “DNA as a molecule has many things wrong with it,” said Steven Benner, an organic chemist at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Florida.Nearly 30 years ago, Benner sketched out better versions of both...
  • Genetic Entropy Points to a Young Creation

    11/06/2014 8:16:48 AM PST · by fishtank · 27 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Nov. 2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Genetic Entropy Points to a Young Creation by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Many creationists believe that the bulk of scientific evidence for a recent creation comes from the fields of geology, physics, and astronomy and that biology and genetics have little to contribute. However, data that confirm a young creation are rapidly emerging from genetic studies performed by both creationist and secular scientists. One of the most important finds in recent years came from modeling the accumulation of mutations (genetic code errors) in the human genome over time using computer simulations. Researchers found that this buildup of mutations can only...
  • First Genetically Modified Children Graduate from High School

    09/28/2014 6:56:11 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 39 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 9/28/2014 | Sarah Buhr
    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school. The first successful transfer of genetic material for this purpose was published in a U.S. medical journal in 1997 and then later cited in a Human Reproduction publication in 2001. Scientists injected 30 embryos in all with a third person’s genetic material....
  • Autism breakthrough as 'genetic signature' in babies as young as a year found...

    08/11/2013 7:39:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    FULL TITLE: Autism breakthrough as 'genetic signature' in babies as young as a year found; blood test in the works A GENETIC "signature" of autism in babies as young as 12 months has been identified for the first time, an international conference is to be told. A simple blood test is now being developed and may be available in one to two years, Professor Eric Courchesne will tell the Asia Pacific Autism conference in Adelaide today. "This discovery really changes the landscape of our understanding of causes and effective treatments," says the director of the Autism Centre of Excellence at...
  • Find Your Inner (Genetic) Neanderthal

    06/10/2013 11:43:32 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 18 replies
    23 And Me Blog (genetics & ancestry testing business) ^ | dec 15, 2011 | blod post by ScottH under Ancestry
    Find Your Inner Neanderthal Published by ScottH under Ancestry http://blog.23andme.com/ancestry/find-your-inner-neanderthal/ They had bigger brains and muscles, but for some reason Neanderthals —thick boned humans who thrived for hundreds of thousands of years in Europe and parts of Asia— died out about 30,000 years ago, while we modern humans survived. Why we, Homo sapiens, flourished and our Homo neandertalensis cousins died out is an evolutionary mystery that biologist are trying to unravel. In the last few years, scientists have uncovered clues not just to what the lives of Neanderthals may have been like, but also clues that tell us more about...
  • FDA approves genetic test for lung cancer drug

    05/14/2013 1:33:18 PM PDT · by oxcart · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | None Cited
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration says it approved a genetic test from Roche to help doctors identify patients who can benefit from a lung cancer drug made by Genentech. The diagnostic test is the first approved to detect genetic mutations found in roughly 10 percent of patients with the most prevalent form of lung cancer, known as non-small cell lung cancer. Patients who test positive for the mutation are more likely to respond to Genentech's drug Tarceva as a first-choice treatment, and the FDA expanded the drug's approval for that use in an announcement Tuesday. The drug...
  • Aztec Conquerors Reshaped Genetic Landscape of Mexico

    02/04/2013 8:09:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 31, 2013 | Tia Ghose
    The Aztecs who conquered the city of Xaltocan in ancient Mexico around 1435 may have fundamentally changed the genetic makeup of the people who lived there, new research suggests... Xaltocan was the capital of a pre-Aztec city-state ruled by the Otomi, an indigenous people who lived in Mexico. The period before the Aztec conquest was a tumultuous time for the Otomi, when a century of warfare led to the collapse of their capital city. Colonial records from the 1500s onward told tales of the Otomi fleeing the city en masse in 1395. Those records suggested that the city was abandoned...
  • Chinese Drones Will Use Genetic Algorithms to Learn to Hunt For Submarines

    03/02/2012 1:18:39 AM PST · by U-238 · 27 replies · 135+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 2/29/2012 | Clay Dillow
    China usually holds its military hand very close to the vest--that, or things “mysteriously” leak that it doesn’t (does) want the world to know about--so we’re left to wonder why the People’s Republic has decided to publish this in the journal Advanced Materials Research. Nonetheless, it’s pretty interesting. Chinese navy researchers have plans for a new submarine hunting scheme that uses ship-launched UAVs running genetic algorithms. Genetic algorithms narrow down a range of possibilities to an optimal solution much the way evolution does (at least in a simplified sense)--by weeding out the weaker offspring and mating the best with the...
  • Genetic Study Confirms: First Dogs Came from East Asia

    11/23/2011 7:43:40 PM PST · by decimon · 21 replies
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology ^ | November 23, 2011 | Katarina Ahlfort
    Researchers at KTH say they have found further proof that the wolf ancestors of today’s domesticated dogs can be traced to southern East Asia — findings that run counter to theories placing the cradle of the canine line in the Middle East.Dr Peter Savolainen, KTH researcher in evolutionary genetics, says a new study released Nov. 23 confirms that an Asian region south of the Yangtze River was the principal and probably sole region where wolves were domesticated by humans. Data on genetics, morphology and behaviour show clearly that dogs are descended from wolves, but there’s never been scientific consensus on...
  • Human genetic variation: The first 50 dimensions

    12/04/2010 1:43:15 PM PST · by Palter · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Dienekes' Anthropology Blog ^ | 01 Dec 2010 | Dienekes Pontikos
    Here is a huge data dump for anyone interested in human variation. Part of the reason I started the Dodecad Project was to be able to analyze data on my own, rather than having to squint to make sense of a plot, to speculate about what might show up at higher dimensions, or with more clusters, to wonder how the inclusion of additional populations would affect the results, and so on. The following dataset represents the culmination (so far), of my efforts. Number of SNP markers: ~177,000 as in here Populations: 139 Individuals: 2,230 In the RAR file (~11MB) you...
  • The Insanity Virus

    11/18/2010 7:12:58 PM PST · by MetaThought · 26 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | published online November 8, 2010 | Douglas Fox
    The Insanity VirusSchizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. Wrong, says a growing group of psychiatrists. The real culprit, they claim, is a virus that lives entwined in every person's DNA. by Douglas Fox Steven and David Elmore were born identical twins, but their first days in this world could not have been more different. David came home from the hospital after a week. Steven, born four minutes later, stayed behind in the ICU. For a month he hovered near death in an incubator, wracked with fever from what doctors called a dangerous viral infection....
  • Liberalism Is Genetic?!?

    10/28/2010 8:21:42 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 14 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-28-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    EUREKA! ------------------------------------------------- Don't hold liberals responsible for their opinion -- they can't help themselves.A new study has concluded that ideology is not just a social thing, it's built into the DNA, borne along by a gene called DRD4. Tagged "the liberal gene," DRD4 is the first specific bit of human DNA that predisposes people to certain political views, the study's authors claim."We hypothesize that individuals with a genetic predisposition toward seeking out new experiences will tend to be more liberal, but only if they are embedded in a social context that provides them with multiple points of view,"... the...
  • Unhealthy Habits: The Untold Story of Genetically Modified Food

    10/11/2010 11:57:20 PM PDT · by restornu · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | Monday, April 27 2009 | By Stan M. Gardner MD, CNS
    For several years now I have made it my focus and goal to keep my messages geared toward the positive aspects of health: what your healthiest options are, and what directions will lead you to the best healthy results for you and your families. My mission is to provide you with healthy alternatives to drugs and surgery, so that you can obtain dynamic health and energy for yourselves and your loved ones. In May of 2009, I attended a medical conference with ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine), and several of the studies and lectures shared have made it...
  • Black Parents, White Baby!

    07/19/2010 7:14:44 PM PDT · by TommyC1 · 70 replies · 17+ views
    The UK Sun ^ | Staff
    A BLACK couple coo over their new baby yesterday - a white, blue-eyed BLONDE. British Nmachi Ihegboro has amazed genetics experts who say the little girl is NOT an albino. Dad Ben, 44, a customer services adviser, admitted: "We both just sat there after the birth staring at her." Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3060907/Black-parents-give-birth-to-white-baby.html#ixzz0uBV6fzng
  • In N.C.A.A., Question of Bias Over a Test for a Genetic Trait

    04/12/2010 12:34:46 AM PDT · by Palter · 8 replies · 390+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11 April 2010 | KATIE THOMAS and BRETT ZARDA
    Twenty-one college football players have collapsed and died as a result of training over the past decade. At least eight were carriers of the sickle-cell trait, a genetic disorder that can unpredictably turn deadly during rigorous exercise. A blood test to screen for the trait costs about $5, and many university team doctors and athletic trainers support compulsory testing, arguing that it could save lives. Yet a proposal to make such testing mandatory for all N.C.A.A. Division I athletes is not a sure bet to pass when it comes up for a vote by member conferences as early as Monday...