Monday, March 17, 2008

Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing

The ETC Group has released a special report on Human Genomics titled "Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing and the Myth of Personalized Medicine: Spit Kits, SNP Chips and Human Genomics". The introduction states:
In the coming months, ETC Group will publish a series of reports on the impact and implications of human genomics. The topic of the first report in the series is the burgeoning Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing industry, which is promising consumers a guidebook for maintaining health as well as a gene-based horoscope predicting future illness. The second report will examine large-scale human genomics projects and their relation to biopiracy. A third report will examine the corporate context – the industry players vying to control and profit from the genomics revolution.

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Doomsday Vaults and Seed Saving

The ETC Group has a fascinating analysis of the Global Seed Vault that's been getting some attention following its opening by the Norwegian government. It's much too complicated and lengthy to summarize here, but they put the notion of seed saving and genetic vaulting in historic and political context, challenging the notion that such archiving is an adequate measure - I recommend reading it.

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