Robinson Bradshaw

Month: July 2010

Twitter Roundup

It has been a busy few weeks for the Genomics Law Report. We provided extensive live-Twitter coverage of several recent events, including the FDA’s public LDT meetings (Day 1, Day 2) and last week’s Congressional hearing on DTC genetic testing. However, with so much going on at the intersection of genomics and the law, not […]

European Court Issues Gene Patent Ruling Against Monsanto—A Myriad Connection?

In another significant international development, on July 6, the Court of Justice of the European Union (more commonly known by its old name, the European Court of Justice or ECJ) ruled against Monsanto Technology LLC (pdf) in its suit against an Argentine company called Cetera and several other parties. The Court sat in a 13-member […]

“From Gulf Oil to Snake Oil”: Congress Takes Aim at DTC Genetic Testing

It has been a busy week in Washington for direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies. Following public FDA meetings and a new round of FDA device notification letters earlier in the week, representatives from three major DTC genetic testing companies (23andMe, Navigenics and Pathway Genomics) were hauled in front of Congress today to defend their companies, their […]

While You Were Meeting: FDA Mails Letters to 14 More Genetic Test Providers

Earlier this week the FDA held a widely publicized two-day public meeting to discuss its planned regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs) (for more see: Day One Recap and Day Two Recap). Other than Monday morning, when the FDA presented background information on LDTs and some of the considerations that have pushed the Agency to […]

The Conversation Continues: Recap from Day Two of FDA’s Regulatory Meeting

The second and final day of the FDA’s “Public Meeting on Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests” (LDTs) brought forth many of the same comments and themes as the first. The primary difference was that, whereas the first day began with some comments from the Agency that provided a few hints about what the FDA has […]

The Conversation Begins: Recap from Day One of FDA’s LDT Regulatory Meeting

Welcome to Hyattsville, MD, where we have just completed day one of FDA’s two day “Public Meeting on Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests” (LDTs). The session was civil, well-organized and largely devoid of surprises. It did, however, mark the official kick-off of the FDA’s highly publicized decision to develop a “risk-based application of oversight” for all […]

Personal Genomics Goes to Washington

Next week, the eyes of the personal genomics world will be focused on Washington, D.C., where the FDA and Congress will be meeting separately to consider the industry’s future. First, the FDA will convene a highly-anticipated public meeting (July 19th and 20th) to “discuss how the agency will oversee laboratory-developed tests (LDTs).” The FDA announced last month a proposal […]

Grim Sleeper Awakens Attention to Familial Searching of DNA Databases

Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it had captured a man suspected of being the “Grim Sleeper”: a serial killer linked with at least 10 murders over 25 years.1 The case marks the first time in the United States that a DNA search technique known as familial searching has led to an […]

Welcome to Genomes Unzipped

I’m pleased to announce the beta launch of a new community resource for personal genomics, Genomes Unzipped. I’ve been working with a group of colleagues on this project for quite a while now. Some of the group members will be familiar to regular readers of the Genomics Law Report, including Daniel MacArthur from Genetic Future, […]

Twitter Roundup

With so many developments at the intersection of genomics and the law, there are often a variety of interesting stories that, for one reason or another, don’t find their way into a full-length posting on the Genomics Law Report. Here is a recap of what I was Tweeting recently @genomicslawyer: RT @ldtimmerman: Palo Alto’s DNAnexus […]