Should genetic testing be regulated? The latest news on the debate.

Risky secrets – Blog – Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).

A nice round-up of the latest issues concerning direct-to-consumer genetic testing. And since it’s on the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative website, it also talks about the problems of using these tests for autism genes. Definitely worth a read.

Some highlights:

A flurry of opinion pieces have come out in high-profile scientific journals — one in the New England Journal of Medicine, another in the Lancet and two in Nature. All of them call for stricter government oversight, in the U.S. and U.K., of the largely unregulated genetic […Read More]

Regulating genetic testing, understanding probabilities, and knowing the future

Should we regulate people’s access to their own genome data?.

An image from the NIH that I guess has something to do with DNA and people…Credit: Jane Ades , NHGRI

More on the issue of regulating personal genetic testing, by Ars Technica‘s John Timmer.

The headline is a bit misleading, since […Read More]

Bad Astronomy and some drawbacks to personal DNA testing

A few quick things that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while: I’ve added a link to the Bad Astronomy blog by one of my favorite astronomers/debunkers of pseudoscience.

Always an enjoyable read, and another example of how to run a good blog. And today’s post mentioned the Amazing Randi, with some links (particularly to his TED lecture) that are well worth watching. Also search for James Randi on Youtube for more videos.

And another topic that made some news a while back, before dying down again, was whether the personal […Read More]