Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Obama Administration's bioethics advisory panel plans to write a report on how researchers, clinicians, and direct-to-consumer testing firms should handle any incidental but potentially important health-related and genetic information they discover while testing in

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An Obama Administration panel today released a dozen recommendations drafted to help create policies for securing whole-genome sequencing data, with the aim of protecting individual privacy without hampering the use of genome sequencing in research and medicine.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is getting closer to finalizing a set of recommendations for steps the White House could take to address privacy concerns stemming from the increased use of whole genome sequencing for research and clinical

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Lisa Lee is the new executive director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, succeeding Valerie Bonham, who is returning to the National Institutes of Health's Office of the General Counsel.

A new Obama Administration report on synthetic biology calls for measured studies of the field and ongoing reviews, but no new regulations at this time.

President Obama has tasked his bioethics commission with reviewing the implications of JCVI's breakthrough in synthetic biology.

The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.