My, my. It seems we can't get away from two distinct topics -- genetic testing and gene patenting -- that have gone hand in hand lately.
Our sister site, GenomeWeb Daily News, reported last week on a bill in the US House of Representatives designed to "eliminate the practice of gene patenting."
If that didn't cause enough of a stir among readers, try this: an article from the New York Times this weekend contends that genetic tests, while promising, are not as accurate or reliable as one would hope. Author Denise Caruso says there should be government oversight of these kinds of diagnostic tools.
For more analysis on the gene patenting and genetic testing issues, check out the new post from blogger John Hawks. An assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Hawks provides a thoughtful and in-depth analysis of the many articles coming out lately in these realms.