December 10, 2015 |
If you were at high risk for a deadly, untreatable disease, would you want to know it? Would you want to join a clinical trial? Alzheimer's researchers are hoping that a lot of people are so eager to find a cure that they will answer yes to both those questions. GeneMatch, an ambitious, national effort to recruit people at high genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease, was launched Tuesday by the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix and will include a key role for University of Pennsylvania researchers.
June 25, 1996
The New Jersey legislature took an important step toward protecting the public last week, when it approved strict limits on the use of genetic information by insurers. The measure's underlying premise is that it is pointless and dangerous to gather such information until the companies - and the public - know what to do with it. Gov. Whitman should sign the bill. But since a similar measure died prematurely in Harrisburg, it's clear there needs to be a unified, national policy on the privacy issues associated with the growing availability of genetic information.
October 8, 2000 |
This nation is on the brink of the greatest revolution in the history of science - the genetic revolution. We need to know how our political candidates plan to open the benefits of this revolution to all and guard against its dangers. Here are six major challenges that the media ought to press candidates to address. Should genetic information be banned from use in determining eligibility for employment and insurance? The mapping of the human genome will shortly bring us new genetic tests that will do many of us a great deal of good.
March 28, 2001 |
Seeking to protect personal privacy on science's new frontier, two state senators yesterday introduced bills to restrict the use of an individual's genetic information. Sponsored by a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat, the package would ensure the confidentiality of genetic tests and would prohibit insurance companies from using the results of such tests to discriminate in their health coverage. In recent years, 33 states, including New Jersey and Delaware, have enacted similar laws.
November 23, 1990 |
A Chicago woman is turned down for a job after her prospective employer learns that her mother was schizophrenic - an inherited trait. In Los Angeles, a man who shows no signs of illness is excluded from his company's health insurance plan because one of his children suffers from neurofibromatosis, a potentially fatal, inherited disease. In the Southwest, a pregnant women whose fetus tests positive for the cystic fibrosis gene is told by her health maintenance organization that it will not cover the baby's medical expenses should she carry it to term.
April 10, 2000 |
An astounding announcement was made Thursday. Craig Venter, the CEO and scientific majordomo of Celera Genomics, a private company based in Maryland, said he and his colleagues had finished analyzing all the components that make up human DNA. Nearly every human cell contains a full complement of the DNA, the software that drives our development and aging throughout each of our lives.There are about 3 billion letters in the roughly 80,000 genes that make up the instructions for making a human.
July 2, 2000 |
On Independence Day, James Dewey Watson and Francis Harry Compton Crick will be awarded the 2000 Philadelphia Liberty Medal. Their names might not ring a bell but their achievement deserves our city's highest honor. Watson and Crick, along with fellow genetic researcher Maurice Wilkins, discovered the structure of DNA, which is the blueprint of the human body. Although this momentous discovery occurred almost five decades ago - after identifying the DNA molecule in 1953, the trio shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1962 - without it, the current revolution in genetics and biotechnology might never have happened.
March 2, 2003 |
Friday was the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Scientists JamesWatson, Francis Crick and MauriceWilkins shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for the feat, which has led to a new era of innovation and uncertainty. Here four eminent experts consider the impact of DNA and genomic technologies on ethics, future medical and scientific research, crime investigation, and legislative priorities in Washington. Editor's note: The Inquirer asked the Senate Majority leader, a Republican from Tennessee and a surgeon who has written extensively on medical ethics, to respond to questions about how the genetic revolution should affect public policy.
August 1, 2011 |
Question: Recently, our son needed an operation and had his blood identified as type O. My wife and other son, as well as myself, are type B. How can parents with the same blood type produce a child with a completely different type? Answer: It's totally possible for you and your wife to be type B and to have a son who's type O. When we refer to blood types like A, B, and O, we're describing the presence or absence of A or B "antigens" - protein substances found on the surface of your red blood cells.
May 3, 2008
It was a big, epoch-making step into the future. With a stumble. The Genetic Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 was approved 414-1 in the House of Representatives Thursday, joining a 95-0 Senate vote for a similar bill April 24. The president is almost certain to sign whatever emerges from conference. If made law, it will make it illegal for insurers to deny insurance to, or raise rates on, applicants based on results of genetic testing. Employers can't hire, deny jobs, fire or promote on such grounds, either.