The Gene Sherpa had a great conversation with a Los Angeles Times reporter but he realized that she never asked about the laws that might apply to the new personal genomics companies. The Sherpa, aka Steve Murphy (who works for Helix Health), says New York State has statutes requiring a separate consent form for each disease. This consent includes a description of the disease, the level of certainty of the test result, among other requirements.

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The US National Institutes of Health has developed guidelines to gauge whether frail chimpanzees are healthy enough to be moved to a retirement sanctuary.

Osamu Shimomura, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on green fluorescent protein, has died.

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