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The Emotional Costs of Genetic Testing

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed at the thought of prenatal genetic testing? You're not alone.<p>The risks of most genetic testing are more emotional than physical, says Ellen Simpson, Ph.D., a genetics counselor in the prenatal diagnostic center at the University of California, San Francisco Medical …

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Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

The federal government is considering whether to allow scientists to take a controversial step: make changes in some of the genetic material in a woman's egg that would be passed down through generations.<p>Mark Sauer of the Columbia University Medical Center, a member of one of two teams of U.S. …

Personal-genetics firm denies pursuit of designer babies in patent filing

The consumer genetics firm 23andMe was last week awarded a US patent for a method to predict a baby’s traits on the basis of its parents’ DNA, the …

Gene-Patent Decision Is Popular, But A Threat To Personalized Medicine

The U.S. Supreme Court struck a rare popular chord yesterday when it declared human genes un-patentable. For most people, the decision in <i>Association for Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics</i> reflects common sense: Nobody should have a monopoly on a proteins that occur naturally in the …

BRCA Positive: Do You Even Want To Know?

Illustrated By Austin Watts.<p>You pretty much had to have been in a coma to miss Angelina Jolie’s <i>New York Times</i> May op-ed about her BRCA-mutation …

British Scientists Have Secretly Created More Than 150 Human-Animal Hybrids

The Daily Mail gleaned an exclusive look at the figures which show 155 "admixed" embryos with human and animal genes have been concocted since the 2008 Human Fertilization Embryology Act.<p><i>This legalised the creation of a variety of hybrids, including an animal egg fertilised by a human sperm;</i> …

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Designer babies: Is genetic screening healthy or harmful?

The U.S.-based genetic testing company 23andMe has patented a system for parents who are conceiving a child with donor sperm.<p>The tests screen for …

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