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BBC News - Controversial DNA test comes to UK - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - Controversial DNA test comes to UK
"Dr Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society in California, said the UK and Canadian launches could be a way of placing pressure on the FDA by demonstrating that regulators in other countries found no fault with their product. "Genetic testing is an important medical tool in certain situations, but for healthy people as a way to predict common complex diseases, it's pretty useless," she told BBC News. "Most complex diseases and almost all the common ones - with some exceptions such as the BRCA 1 and 2 genes (implicated in breast cancer) - are multi-factorial with many genes and other biological, social and environmental causes."" - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Haha - *this* comment: "I had my dog's DNA tested - £50 to tell me her breeding. After an agonising wait while the scientists did their stuff, the results from came back (with graphs and charts) and confirmed that my (foot high) spaniel cross was a Rhodesian Ridgeback crossed with a Burmese Mountain Dog. I sent them a picture of my dog and they sent me my £50 back. I can't bring myself to tell the dog.* - Nils Reinton
Turn the Deathswitch when you die: http://deathswitch.com/ - http://deathswitch.com/
"Imagine that you die with computer passwords in your head, leaving coworkers without access to critical files. Imagine your loved ones cannot find your bank accounts, or that you die with a secret that you longed to reveal during your lifetime. A deathswitch is an automated system that prompts you for your password on a regular schedule to make sure you are still alive. When you do not enter your password for some period of time, the system prompts you again several times. With no reply, the computer deduces you are dead or critically disabled, and your pre-scripted messages are automatically emailed to the individuals you designated." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Afraid Of What Might Be In Your Genome? Perhaps Happy Genetics Can Help - http://www.forbes.com/sites...
"The association of relatively common, small-effect-size variants with disease has challenged not only researchers seeking clues to new therapeutics, but clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, genetic testing companies, and most importantly, patients themselves. What do you do if you discover you have a variant that’s slightly more common in schizophrenia? Does this result, on it’s own, mean anything – is this finding in any way “actionable” – or (more likely) just vaguely unsettling?" - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Fighting a One-of-a-Kind Disease - http://www.newyorker.com/magazin...
Fighting a One-of-a-Kind Disease
A Response to the Genetic Testing Article in Vox - The Genetic Genealogist - http://www.thegeneticgenealogist.com/2014...
A Response to the Genetic Testing Article in Vox - The Genetic Genealogist
"The article is a perfect demonstration of “genetic exceptionalism,” the theory that genetic information is special and must therefore be treated differently from other types of information" - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Genetic testing brings families together: And sometimes tears them apart - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
Genetic testing brings families together: And sometimes tears them apart - Vox
"As personal genome technology moves ahead at a breakneck pace, even the most informed consumers can be caught off-guard. George, a stem cell and reproductive biologist, signed up for 23andMe as part of a course he was teaching on the human genome. To make the lesson more interesting, he got his parents to join, too. He did not anticipate what would come next. "I essentially gave my parents the gift of divorce," he said." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Genome Biology | Full text | The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists - http://genomebiology.com/2014...
Genome Biology | Full text | The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists
"I propose the ‘Kardashian Index’, a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Electric ! Project LiveWire™ Experience Tour | Harley-Davidson® USA - http://project.harley-davidson.com/en_US
Electric ! Project LiveWire™ Experience Tour | Harley-Davidson® USA
Listing of companies. Quality of testing/interperetation unknown: Choose the Best Home DNA Tests for you | DNA Testing Choice - http://dnatestingchoice.com/#
"The UK’s leading news and reviews site for the DNA tests you can take at home." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Cro-cop \o/ Genome fight though ... !!!????: IGF - Inoki Genome Fight 2. - http://www.sherdog.com/events...
Cro-cop \o/ Genome fight though ... !!!????: IGF - Inoki Genome Fight 2.
Cro-cop \o/ Genome fight though ... !!!????: IGF - Inoki Genome Fight 2.
Quantified Drunk: I Got Hammered with Wearables in Berlin's Berghain Nightclub | Motherboard - http://motherboard.vice.com/read...
Quantified Drunk: I Got Hammered with Wearables in Berlin's Berghain Nightclub | Motherboard
"The goal was to mold a liquid Berlin Saturday night out into a dry cluster of data, graphs, and stats: my blood alcohol level (I used BAC Calc), covered distance and steps (Nike Fuelband, Jawbone UP), my feelings (T2 Mood Tracker), financial expenses (Mint), my weight (rTracker), orgasm count (Nipple) and lastly, yes even my sleep (Sleep Cycle)." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Via @sciencebase - Don’t believe the hype – 10 persistent cancer myths debunked - Cancer Research UK - Science blog - http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2014...
"Problems with conventional medicine don’t automatically prove that alternative ‘cures’ work. To use a metaphor, just because cars sometimes crash doesn’t mean that flying carpets are a viable transport option." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Correct me if I am wrong - http://biopinionated.com/2014...
23 Examples Of Why Women Live Longer Than Men | Slightly Viral - http://slightlyviral.com/23-exam...
23 Examples Of Why Women Live Longer Than Men | Slightly Viral
I think they're onto something :) - Eivind
WHAT SCIENTIFIC IDEA IS READY FOR RETIREMENT? | Edge.org - http://www.edge.org/annual-...
Race, random mutations, Sadness is Always Bad, Happiness is Always Good, Mouse Models, Evidence-Based Medicine, IQ ... - Nils Reinton
Via @psiquo How Companies Learn Your Secrets - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2012...
Via @psiquo How Companies Learn Your Secrets - NYTimes.com
"Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002, when two colleagues from the marketing department stopped by his desk to ask an odd question: “If we wanted to figure out if a customer is pregnant, even if she didn’t want us to know, can you do that? ”" - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted - NYTimes.com
"Now she wants her younger daughter, Hadas, 24, to be tested so she can start a family early if she is positive and then have a double mastectomy too. Ms. Modiano’s elder daughter, Suzi Gattegno, 29, disagrees. “You’re keeping her from living her life,” Ms. Gattegno told her mother. “You want to marry her off early.” “If she’s a carrier, she should marry early,” her mother countered." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Uganda Fights Stigma and Poverty to Take On Breast Cancer - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
Uganda Fights Stigma and Poverty to Take On Breast Cancer - NYTimes.com
"He attributed some bribetaking to students and con men who steal white coats and pose as hospital employees, something widely acknowledged to occur. But hospital employees are not highly paid, and Mr. Kusasira said some patients do not want to wait their turn and “lure these workers into temptation.”" - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
U.S. Court Invalidates Patent on Down Syndrome Test | Science/AAAS | News - http://news.sciencemag.org/biology...
U.S. Court Invalidates Patent on Down Syndrome Test | Science/AAAS | News
"If this decision stands, “I don’t see how you can maintain a genetic diagnostic claim anymore,” says Christopher Holman, a molecular biologist and professor of law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed « Canada « Skeptic North - http://www.skepticnorth.com/2013...
Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed « Canada « Skeptic North
"When science reporters, like Farnell, challenge their readership to think about climate change by providing a chunk of evidence that suggests climate scientists might be mistaken about something, I wish they would do two things first. A. Explain how you know that climate scientists are ignoring that chunk of evidence, or explain why the scientists are unaware that chunk of evidence. (If you believe that you have information that the experts do not have, you are probably mistaken.) B. Find out why the climate scientists are not convinced by that evidence. (If you believe that you have thought longer than the experts about the implications of that chunk of evidence, you are probably mistaken.) I will now attempt to answer both of these questions for each of the 9 points raised by Farnell." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
That's a great format for refuting Farnell's claims. - Eivind
Novel treatment for gonorrhea acts like a “live vaccine” and prevents reinfection, UB animal study shows - News Center - http://www.buffalo.edu/news...
Novel treatment for gonorrhea acts like a “live vaccine” and prevents reinfection, UB animal study shows - News Center
"“Here, we are delivering cytokines locally right to the site of infection,” he says. “If we can use this method to teach the immune system to generate the right kind of response to other recalcitrant infections, then we could have a new approach to treat a range of infectious diseases without stimulating drug resistance.”" - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
If Chosen Wisely, Existing Drugs Fight Resistant Bugs | Science/AAAS | News - http://news.sciencemag.org/biology...
If Chosen Wisely, Existing Drugs Fight Resistant Bugs | Science/AAAS | News
"To test the approach, Imamovic and Sommer exposed a lab strain of E. coli to increasing doses of an antibiotic until resistant variants emerged. They then exposed the variants to 23 different antibiotics and profiled their responses: Did they become more or less resistant to each of the 23 drugs? The researchers repeated the experiment with two E.coli strains taken from infected patients. Then they plugged this data into a computer program and identified more than 200 possible drug combinations that doctors could use to achieve collateral sensitivity and wipe out resistant variants. These drugs could be prescribed in cycles as either double, triple, or quadruple treatments, the authors report online today in Science Translational Medicine." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Mystery over obesity ‘fraud’ : Nature News & Comment - http://www.nature.com/news...
"Ghost writing is taking on an altogether different meaning in a mysterious case of alleged scientific fraud. The authors of a paper published in July (A. Vezyraki et al. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. http://doi.org/nxb; 2013), which reported significant findings in obesity research, seem to be phantoms. They are not only unknown at the institution listed on the paper, but no trace of them as researchers can be found. The paper, published in the Elsevier journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (BBRC), is not the kind of prank that journals have encountered before, in which hoaxsters have submitted dummy papers to highlight weaknesses in the peer-review process. The paper’s reported findings — that overexpression of two novel proteins in fat cells leads to improvements in metabolic processes related to diabetes and obesity in mice — are, in fact, true." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Video games do not make vulnerable teens more violent | e! Science News - http://esciencenews.com/article...
"Interestingly, the researchers of the current study found a few instances in which video game violence actually had a slight cathartic effect on children with elevated attention deficit symptoms and helped to reduce their aggressive tendencies and bullying behavior. Although Ferguson and Olson warned that their results could not be generalized to extreme cases such as mass homicides, they strongly advocate for a change in general perceptions about the influence of violent video games, even within the context of children with elevated mental health symptoms." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
Science is not the Enemy of the Humanities | New Republic - http://www.newrepublic.com/article...
Science is not the Enemy of the Humanities | New Republic
"Though the scientific facts do not by themselves dictate values, they certainly hem in the possibilities. By stripping ecclesiastical authority of its credibility on factual matters, they cast doubt on its claims to certitude in matters of morality. The scientific refutation of the theory of vengeful gods and occult forces undermines practices such as human sacrifice, witch hunts, faith healing, trial by ordeal, and the persecution of heretics. The facts of science, by exposing the absence of purpose in the laws governing the universe, force us to take responsibility for the welfare of ourselves, our species, and our planet. For the same reason, they undercut any moral or political system based on mystical forces, quests, destinies, dialectics, struggles, or messianic ages" - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
The Fall and Rise of Gene Therapy - Wired Science - http://www.wired.com/wiredsc...
The Fall and Rise of Gene Therapy - Wired Science
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed - CNN.com - http://edition.cnn.com/2013...
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed - CNN.com
"Most frightening to me is that someone dies in the United States every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, mostly accidental. Every 19 minutes. It is a horrifying statistic. As much as I searched, I could not find a documented case of death from marijuana overdose." - Nils Reinton from Bookmarklet
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