Home DNA Tests: Are They Safe?

Posted on 11/26/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe promise of genetic medicine is vast. In the future, cancer therapies will better target a specific tumor; couples will better understand their reproductive risks; and once the genetic components of myriad diseases are better understood, potential cures may be just around the corner. But experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and elsewhere worry that our ability to learn about our genome has outrun the medical community’s ability to usefully interpret the results. “It’s not enough to understand …

Court: Nobody Can Patent Your Genes … What Does That Mean?

Posted on 06/13/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSC: “A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and is not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated” Woo Hoo!!! — Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) June 13, 2013   That tweet came from the director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins. Why is Collins so giddy? Because the Supreme Court ruled June 13 that nobody can patent your genes. (Read full decision .pdf) Collins and others at NIH, like Eric Green, M.D., the …