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  • Sunshine Act on Cloudy Finances

    The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, has already seen several new laws and regulatory measures introduced since its implementation, with many more soon to be on the horizon. One of these is the Sunshine Act, a law requiring public disclosure of any financial agreements between healthcare vendors and providers. Recent ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on January 29, 2014
  • Genetics and Litigation

    In recent months, there has been a lot of litigation and government influence regarding companies offering genetic sequencing services. Following the memorable SCOTUS ruling against Myriad Genetics in June and the company’s subsequent law suit involving Ambry Genetics, the FDA joined in on further regulatory disputes with a cease-and-desist ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 11, 2013
  • In the Genes

    The ethical implications of genetic sequencing are really only just beginning to be fully realized, and these questions continue to contribute to the growing debate over information provided by the human genome.  A recent story from NPR chronicled Henrietta Lacks and the surprisingly indefinite life of her cells. In the article, Rebecca ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 27, 2013
  • Real Life Gattaca?

    I remember studying genetics in high school biology and watching Gattaca (1997), which genuinely blew my mind. On its own, genome sequencing seemed like a concept that science ripped directly from the pages of fiction.  I could barely wrap my mind around it -- let alone the ethics of its practice. As technology continues to advance, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 7, 2012