Robinson Bradshaw

Month: August 2013

Genomic Research Ethics: Special Rules for HeLa Cells

In her 2010 book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot told the story of Henrietta Lacks and the cell lines derived from her cervical tumor biospecimen (cell lines known to scientists simply as “HeLa cells”). To make a long story short, in 1951 physicians at Johns Hopkins Hospital took a biopsy from a […]

Ninth Circuit Orders Rehearing of Haskell v. Harris

When the Supreme Court issued the Maryland v. King opinion on June 3, 2013 upholding Maryland’s DNA Collection Act, numerous cases were pending in which similar DNA fingerprinting upon arrest statutes in other jurisdictions were being challenged. The dissenting justices encouraged cases to press forward and give the Court an opportunity to change its current […]

Readers Respond to ACMG Recommendations Post

The GLR received some interesting comments on my recent post about the American College of Medical Genetics Gene Screening Recommendations. Here are two of the comments. As we are still in the early stages of what is likely to be a continuing and controversial story, we welcome others. From an anonymous GLR reader: Just read […]

Approved North Carolina State Budget Includes Funds to Compensate Sterilization Victims

Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., Ph.D., is a solo-practicing attorney in State College, PA and a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies. Nearly a year and a half ago, the GLR reported that North Carolina was one step closer to compensating the victims of its sterilization program. […]