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‘Designer babies’ patent – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 4th, 2013.

A patent on a method which allows prospective parents to pick and choose their children’s traits prior to undergoing fertility treatment has alarmed many ethicists and genetics researchers. The patent, granted to the direct-to-consumer genetics company 23andMe last week, lays claim to a broad genetic analysis tool for allowing parents to select for specific traits in their […]

Unlocking your DNA’s secrets – Nikki MacDonald

John Kerr posted in on April 15th, 2013.

An extensive feature article in the weekend’s Dominion Post explores the issue of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing. Nikki MacDonald looks at emerging market for people seeking to find out more about the secrets their DNA may hold. An excerpt (read in full here): Imagine if a test tube of spittle and $205 could mine your […]

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