DNA http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Whole Genome Sequencing Is Here To Stay. What Does That Mean For Genetic Privacy? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/whole-genome-sequencing-here-stay-what-does-mean-genetic-privacy <p><em>Originally published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Updated to include audio from St. Louis on the Air.</em></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:17:32 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34000 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Whole Genome Sequencing Is Here To Stay. What Does That Mean For Genetic Privacy? Legal Roundtable: Affirmative Action, School Transfer, Phone Data Collection, Etc. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legal-roundtable-affirmative-action-school-transfer-phone-data-collection-etc <p>The top legal issue in the day’s news was the U.S. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:46:31 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 27686 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legal Roundtable: Affirmative Action, School Transfer, Phone Data Collection, Etc. Natural DNA Cannot Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/natural-dna-cannot-be-patented-supreme-court-rules In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-398_8njq.pdf" target="_blank">ruled Thursday</a> that:<p>-- "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated."<p>-- But, synthetically created "strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA)" are "patent eligible" because they do not occur naturally.<p>The case, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/15/177035299/supreme-court-asks-can-human-genes- Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:53:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 27336 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shall-i-encode-thee-dna-sonnets-stored-double-helix English critic Samuel Johnson once said of William Shakespeare "that his drama is the mirror of life." Now the Bard's words have been translated into life's most basic language. British scientists have stored all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets on tiny stretches of DNA.<p>It all started with two men in a pub. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:37:00 +0000 8646 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unwinding-helix-using-genetics-treat-childhood-cancer <p><a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childhoodleukemia.html">Pediatric leukemia</a> is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.</p><p>With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.</p><p>But for those with what&rsquo;s known as &ldquo;high risk&rdquo; leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.</p><p>Washington University pediatric oncologist <a href="http://druleylab.wustl.edu/">Dr. Todd Druley</a> has been trying to use genetics to understand why some leukemia is so hard to treat. He spoke with St. Louis Public Radio&#39;s Véronique LaCapra.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:43:02 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4117 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer Morning headlines: Monday, March 26, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-march-26-2012 <p><strong>Corps plans to hire private companies to restore Birds Point</strong></p><p>The corps set off explosions at three spots on the levee last May to relieve pressure on the floodwall in Cairo, Ill. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/GRxcS0">The Southeast Missourian reports </a>the corps will be looking in the next two weeks for three firms to bid on the projects.</p><p>The corps halted its floodway repairs in December after spending $20 million to shore up the levee to 55 feet of flood protection at each of the blasting spots.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:26:04 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 3350 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, March 26, 2012 Morning headlines: Monday, November 14, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-november-14-2011 <p><strong>Cancer study shows limiting alcohol reduces chances of developing breast cancer</strong></p><p>A new study today finds that young women with a family history of breast disease can reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by avoiding alcohol. The research, published in the journal &quot;Cancer&quot;, looked at more than nine-thousand young women starting in 1996 and tracked them through 2007.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:40:31 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Bill Raack 2461 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, November 14, 2011 Innocence Project: DNA shows wrongful conviction in 1982 killing of St. Louis woman http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/innocence-project-dna-shows-wrongful-conviction-1982-killing-st-louis-woman <p><em>Updated 2:37 p.m. with St. Louis Public Radio story.</em></p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:01:12 +0000 Julie Bierach 2120 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Innocence Project: DNA shows wrongful conviction in 1982 killing of St. Louis woman Morning headlines: Friday, May 20, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-may-20-2011 <p><strong>Legislation Reducing Penalties for Initial Misdemeanors Headed to Nixon</strong></p><p>Legislation headed to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would reduce the potential penalties for initial violations of misdemeanors such as driving without a valid license, failing to maintain vehicle liability insurance and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Instead of the possibility of jail time, the legislation only would allow fines up to $300.</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 13:48:39 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1277 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, May 20, 2011 Researchers sequence genome of endangered orangutans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/researchers-sequence-genome-endangered-orangutans <p>An international team of researchers has sequenced the genomes of two species of orangutan.</p><p>Lead researcher <a href="http://genome.wustl.edu/people/locke_devin">Devin Locke</a> of the <a href="http://genome.wustl.edu/">Genome Center at Washington University</a> said a primary motivation for studying the genes of orangutans is their close evolutionary relationship to humans.</p><p>“The lessons you learn from studying these species can be applied to understanding of our own evolution and the evolution of the human population as well,” Locke said.</p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:33:12 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 391 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Researchers sequence genome of endangered orangutans