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Get Ready for Genetically Modified Kids

After tremendous pressure from consumers on Facebook, Twitter and by email, Hershey’s announced that it will remove all ingredients from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in its chocolate. Hershey’s follows other food giants like Nestle, General Mills, Unilever and Post Foods,… Continue Reading →

New Prenatal Screens’ Seek-and-Destroy Mission

*subhead*Getting back to medicine.*subhead* In December 2014, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) released its research into the new non-invasive prenatal-screening tests that are now being offered to pregnant women. These tests look at minute amounts of placental… Continue Reading →

80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”

*subhead*Face palm.*subhead* Ilya Somin at the The Washington Post highlights a survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics that found that over 80% of Americans surveyed support the “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA.” Insert groaning… Continue Reading →

Right to Consumer Genetics?

*subhead*Life, liberty and % Neanderthal.*subhead* These days it seems we have a “right” to everything except the rights that are actually given to us by our Creator and enumerated in the Constitution. (My latest favorite is the “right to be… Continue Reading →

Boy Gets Kicked Out of School for His Genes

*subhead*DNA not Denim.*subhead* I spent many, many, many hours in the lab testing people for mutations known to cause cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is a genetic disease caused by mutations in a gene called the CFTR gene. If a person… Continue Reading →

US Appeals Court Upholds Gene Patents

*subhead*Again.*subhead* A while back I introduced Creative Minority readers to gene patents. In the 1980s, the United States Patent and Trademark Office started issuing patents for naturally occurring genes. Since then a quarter of our genes have been patented and… Continue Reading →

Owning Genes

While the country breathlessly waits for the Supreme Court to decide on Obamacare, there is another court battle to keep an eye on.  While this battle is not as critical as the one on our health care system, it is… Continue Reading →

Human or Superhuman?

Just a shameless plug for my latest piece at the National Catholic Register.  The subject is a difficult one: human genetic engineering.  It is an important topic and I am glad the Register decided to publish it, thereby introducing their… Continue Reading →

Think its just in your genes?

I wanted to bring out some of my older work occasionally to expose CMR readers to some of the more pressing issues in biotechnology. One of those issues is the popularity of genetic determinism. Genetic determinism is not only one… Continue Reading →

Let me introduce myself

There is nothing wrong with your web browser. Do not attempt to refresh your window.  There is someone without the last name Archbold posting on the Creative Minority Report.  Who am I?  My name is Rebecca Taylor.  I am a… Continue Reading →

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