Robinson Bradshaw

Month: June 2009

Knowing Thyself: Beyond the Human Genome Awaits the Human Microbiome

The fruits of the Human Genome Project (HGP), completed in 2003, have given scientists and researchers unparalleled insight into the structure and function of the human genome and ongoing research — such as the 1,000 Genomes Project and the Personal Genome Project — continue to refine our map of the human genome.  But the human body […]

“Three Generations of Imbeciles Are Enough”

So wrote Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in Buck v. Bell, a 1927 Supreme court case upholding a Virginia law that authorized the state to surgically sterilize certain “mental defectives” without their consent. The fascinating and disturbing history of the case is covered in a recent USA Today article. Carrie Buck was a patient in […]

Recap from the Consumer Genetics Show: Illumina Gets Personal in Advance of the Coming Bioinformatics Bottleneck

The first annual Consumer Genetics Show took place last week (June 9-11) in Boston, MA. With much anticipation — and some uncertainty about what to expect from the inaugural event — research, commercial and thought innovators from across the country came together to discuss the present and the future of consumer genetics technologies and services and the […]

The ACLU v. Myriad Genetics Suit: Legitimate Challenge or Publicity Stunt?

By now everyone has heard of the ACLU-instigated suit against Myriad’s patents on the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 (read: ACLU release; the complaint).  These patents emerged from research at the University of Utah and were assigned to Myriad, a private spinoff.  The broadest product claims cover “an isolated DNA coding for a […]