Archiv: biotechnology / genetic industry


04.12.2019 - 16:21 [ MIT Technology Review ]

China’s CRISPR babies: Read exclusive excerpts from the unseen original research

He Jiankui’s manuscript shows how he ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the gene-edited twins Lulu and Nana.

04.12.2019 - 16:16 [ South China Morning Post ]

Gene-edited babies: Chinese scientist He Jiankui ‘may have created unintended mutations’

Despite biophysicist’s claims, team failed to reproduce changes to make twin girls HIV immune, excerpts from manuscript show
Birth of gene-edited babies Lula and Nana sent shock waves through scientific world in 2018

24.11.2019 - 17:07 [ Bloomberg ]

EU Plans $3.9 Billion Fund for Startups in ‘Valley of Death’

The fund will seek to close that investment gap by providing equity and grant funding to early stage firms in so-called deep tech, such as manufacturing, biotechnology, health-tech and artificial intelligence, he said. It’s set to formally launch in 2021 and will be run by the European Innovation Council, though the final size could change depending on the outcome of budget talks with the bloc’s member states.

05.10.2019 - 23:44 [ MercoPress ]

Brazilian soy farmers concerned with new Bayer biotech herbicide, Dicamba

Brazilian farmers are wary of the imminent introduction of a new genetically modified soy seed technology because of the risks associated with dicamba, a herbicide the biotech product is designed to tolerate. Widely used in the United States, dicamba has been described as a volatile product that drifts off easily and may compromise non-tolerant soybeans.

02.08.2019 - 15:10 [ theCut.com ]

The Epstein Case: What Ever Happened to the Mysterious Nobel Prize Sperm Bank?

Wait — what?

While it sounds like something out of the movie Gattaca, the “Nobel Prize Sperm Bank” really was operational for 20 years, from 1979 to 1999, and based in Escondido, California. It was founded by the multimillionaire optometrist and inventor Robert Graham, an admirer of eugenics who believed the human race was getting progressively dumber and that the only way to stop it was by filling the world with the genetic descendants of Nobel Prize winners.

02.08.2019 - 14:59 [ New York Times ]

Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA

Mr. Epstein’s vision reflected his longstanding fascination with what has become known as transhumanism: the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding.

09.07.2019 - 21:12 [ Technische Universität Dresden ]

Statement zum tragischen Tod von Suzanne Eaton

Der Tod von Suzanne Eaton, Wissenschaftlerin am Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik und am Biotechnologischen Zentrum der TU Dresden, ist leider Gewissheit. Das MPI teilte mit, dass die Polizei ihre Leiche am Abend des 8. Juli gefunden hat. Die Behörden haben ihre Untersuchung der Vorkommnisse, die sich am Nachmittag des 2. Juli ereignet haben könnten, noch nicht abgeschlossen.

19.05.2019 - 01:17 [ The Independent ]

Monsanto: Do cancer payouts and global protests signal the end for this agrochemical company?

On Sunday, hundreds of “March Against Monsanto” rallies are expected around the world. The campaign group of the same name behind the protests aims to “educate the world about the crimes Monsanto has committed against humanity”.

The marches – which attract people in their millions – are in their eighth year.

03.03.2019 - 17:00 [ pcmag.com ]

FBI Gains Access to Popular Home DNA Kit Database

(1.2.2019) As BuzzFeed reports, this week FamilyTreeDNA confirmed that it is working with the FBI and allowing local law enforcement access to its genealogy database. The number of DNA profiles stored in that database is thought to total over a million.

03.03.2019 - 16:18 [ nanalyze.com ]

CODIS – The World’s Largest DNA Database

(13. April 2016) 23andMe has about 1.2 million customers. Ancestry DNA was aiming for 1.3 million by the end of 2015 and we can only assume they’ve reached that number by now. The Family Tree DNA database has just over 783,000 records. Assuming there is no overlap between these 3 databases, this means that if all 3 of these companies combined their databases we would have around 3.28 million DNA profiles, or just 1% of the U.S. population. This means that with all the hype around DNA testing companies, they have only managed to achieve a 1% market share combined in the USA alone.

So are these the biggest DNA databases? The answer is no. The U.S. government actually owns the biggest DNA database by far.

03.03.2019 - 15:42 [ sciencemag.org ]

Genetic data on half a million Brits reveal ongoing evolution and Neanderthal legacy

(3.1.2019) At the same time, computational biologist Tony Capra at Vanderbilt University in Nashville had the same bright idea to search for Neanderthal DNA in a large database. He used proprietary electronic records of 28,000 Americans. His team was the first to publish, reporting Neanderthal DNA variants that raise the risk of depression, skin lesions, blood clots, and other disorders in people today.

22.02.2019 - 14:01 [ New York Times ]

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

Chinese government researchers contributed the data of 2,143 Uighurs to the Allele Frequency Database, an online search platform run by Dr. Kidd that was partly funded by the United States Department of Justice until last year. The database, known as Alfred, contains DNA data from more than 700 populations around the world.