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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Date: Dec. 3, 2015 On Human Gene Editing:International Summit Statement Scientific advances in molecular biology over the past 50 years have produced remarkable progress in medicine.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Some of these advances have also raised important ethical and societal issues – for example, about the use of recombinant DNA technologies or embryonic stem cells. The scientific community has consistently recognized its responsibility to identify and confront these issues. In these cases, engagement by a range of stakeholders has led to solutions that have made it possible to obtain major benefits for human health while appropriately addressing societal issues.

International Summit on Human Gene Editing. A major component of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine's Human Gene-Editing Initiative is an international summit that took place December 1-3 in Washington, D.C.

International Summit on Human Gene Editing

Co-hosted with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.K.'s Royal Society, the summit convened experts from around the world to discuss the scientific, ethical, and governance issues associated with human gene-editing research. US Scientists Demand Removal of Restrictions on Animal Chimera Research. 23andMe Is Back in the Genetic Testing Business With FDA Approval. US Congress Wants Religious Experts to Weigh in on Three-Parent IVF. 23andMe Gets FDA Approval For One Very Particular Genetic Test. It's good that 23andMe is finally doing serious scientific testing on their stuff and providing hard information on effectiveness.

23andMe Gets FDA Approval For One Very Particular Genetic Test

The Congressional Debate Over What Makes Food "Natural" Kinja is in read-only mode.

The Congressional Debate Over What Makes Food "Natural"

We are working to restore service. Would we have to label every food as genetically modified then? Just because we haven't opened up a plant's genome and tampered with it until recently, we have been genetically modifying all of the foods that we eat for thousands of years. Animal Welfare, Science, an Apology and an Analysis. Kinja is in read-only mode.

Animal Welfare, Science, an Apology and an Analysis

We are working to restore service. How Bad Luck & Bad Networking Cost Douglas Prasher a Nobel Prize. China Is Testing An Unproven Malaria Drug On An Entire African Nation. A little girl allowed to die - Kidspot. When Nancy Fitzmaurice was born blind and suffering from hydrocphalus, meningitis and septicaemia the outcome for her was a life in which she would be unable to talk, walk, eat or even drink.

A little girl allowed to die - Kidspot

That life was to be spent at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital where she would receive round-the-clock care, while being fed, watered and medicated through a tube. Not a quality of life that any parent dreams of for their child. Nancy’s devoted mother, Charlotte - who gave up work to dedicate her life to the care of Nancy – discovered the limits of how much suffering she could let her daughter endure after routine surgery left 12-year-old Nancy screaming in agony.

Charlotte decided enough was enough, and made a choice no parent should ever have to make. Arrête de recherche américain sur virales Super souches, invoquant des préoccupations de sécurité. Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy stunned scientists when it announced a moratorium of federally-funded research of enhanced viral strains of influenza, SARS, and MERS.

Arrête de recherche américain sur virales Super souches, invoquant des préoccupations de sécurité

The decision came about following a series of public safety concerns, should these souped-up viruses escape from the lab. During this time, no new federal grants will be given for this type of research, and existing projects have been asked to suspend their work. The policy is expected to remain in place while the White House deliberates with the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) and the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies to discuss how this type of research should proceed. Golden rice attack in Philippines: Anti-GMO activists lie about protest and safety. Photo courtesy Philippine Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 5 Did you hear that a group of 400 angry farmers attacked and destroyed a field trial of genetically modified rice in the Philippines this month?

Golden rice attack in Philippines: Anti-GMO activists lie about protest and safety.

That, it turns out, was a lie. The crop was actually destroyed by a small number of activists while farmers who had been bussed in to attend the event looked on in dismay. The nature of the attack was widely misreported, from the New York Times to New Scientist to BBC News, based on false claims by the activists. Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes. The Justices have decided that isolated sequences of human DNA are not eligible for patent protection, but rules that artificial sequences can be patented.

Supreme Court Nixes Patenting Human Genes

The United States Supreme Court has today (June 13) unanimously ruled that isolated human genes cannot be patented, but the Justices also ruled that synthetic DNA sequences—known as complimentary DNA (cDNA)—are eligible for protection. The GMO Mass Suicides Are a Myth. Supreme Court: DNA swab after arrest is legitimate search. The justices of the U.S.

Supreme Court: DNA swab after arrest is legitimate search

Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010, at the Supreme Court. Front row, from left: Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back row, from left: Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito Jr. and Elena Kagan. In 2005, Chief Justice John G. Justice Antonin Scalia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 to fill the seat vacated by Justice William Rehnquist when he was elevated to chief justice. Justice Anthony M. Justice Clarence Thomas is the second African-American to serve on the court, succeeding Justice Thurgood Marshall when he was appointed by President George H.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Justice Stephen G. Justice Samuel A. The Dubious Science Of GMO Food Labels. This is why the national government needs to get involved and set standards for GMO and non-GMO products. Unfortunately, the national government is the central target for lobbyist dollars, so I don't actually believe this will ever happen (even if the polarization of our Congress goes away). GMOs. You're Worrying About GMOs For the Wrong Reasons. Court: Human genes cannot be patented. Unanimous ruling a compromise; court says synthetic material, cDNA, can be patentedActress Angelina Jolie drove attention to the issue involving breast cancerIssue was whether "products of nature" could be treated similarly to human inventionsCompany at center of case says decision upheld a key claim on synthetic DNA Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that human genes cannot be patented.

But in something of a compromise, all nine justices said while the naturally occurring isolated biological material itself is not patentable, a synthetic version of the gene material may be patented. Legal and medical experts believe the decision will have a lasting impact on genetic testing, likely making varieties more widely available and more affordable. The overriding legal question addressed was whether "products of nature" can be treated the same as "human-made" inventions, allowing them to be held as the exclusive intellectual property of individuals and companies.

Surrogacy Options for Gay Couples. This treatment would save children's lives – so why won't the government allow it? International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice. Families hope 'Frankenstein science' lobby will not stop gene cure for mitochondrial disease. GM crops don't kill kids; opposing them does - Matt Ridley. Belated posting of my recent Times column on golden rice with links: Jason Hanna And Joe Riggs, Texas Gay Fathers, Denied Legal Parenthood Of Twin Sons. Vaccine-linked polio hits Nigeria. Starlink corn recall. The StarLink corn recalls occurred in the autumn of 2000, when over 300 food products were found to contain a genetically modified corn that had not been approved for human consumption.[1] It was the first-ever recall of a genetically modified food.

The anti-GMO activist coalition Genetically Engineered Food Alert, which detected and first reported the contamination, was critical of the FDA for not doing its job.