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The Government Owns Your DNA. What Are They Doing with it?

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Thinner than average, with serious, shadowed eyes, Kevin Anderson, 36, has worked as a filmmaker for over 10 years. He’s traveled throughout Europe and the Americas producing web and sports videos, news packages and documentary shorts. In his infancy, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, phenylketonuria (commonly referred to as PKU), where the body cannot properly break down protein. Throughout his life, he has taken medicine and followed a special low-protein diet, but other than these restrictions he enjoys a healthy life.

Costa Rican Government Decrees Corn as Cultural Heritage

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*Declaration includes traditions, agriculture, customs, ideas, flavors and
colors*

TRANSGENIC PLANTINGS ARE UNRESOLVED THREAT

We are all familiar with the idea that many ethnic and indigenous
communities self-identify as “corn cultures” in the Americas. The most
familiar case is that of Mexico since ancient civilizations proclaimed
themselves to have arisen from maize. Indeed, the Mayan creation stories
include the poetic account of
how first woman and man are molded from white and yellow corn plants. One

USA: NEW POLL SHOWS CONSUMER DEMAND FOR STRONG FEDERAL STANDARDS FOR GE FOOD

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SUMMARY: "92% Think GE Food Should Be Labeled Before Sold; 92% Think GE Food Should Meet Government Safety Standards Before Sold; 92% Demand the Government Label GE Salmon"

92% Think GE Food Should Be Labeled Before Sold; 92% Think GE Food Should Meet Government Safety Standards Before Sold; 92% Demand the Government Label GE Salmon

Fearing Punishment for Bad Genes

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About 700,000 Americans have had their DNA sequenced, in full or in part, and the number is rising rapidly as costs plummet — to $1,000 or less for a full genome, down from more than $1 million less than a decade ago.

But many people are avoiding the tests because of a major omission in the 2008 federal law that bars employers and health insurers from seeking the results of genetic testing.

Slowing the Rush to Genetically Modified Babies

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We are heading toward a slippery slope. The United Kingdom is moving closer to allowing scientists to create genetically modified children – something no country in the world currently authorizes.

I posted in December about how the United States and the U.K. were going down a dangerous road. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the key U.K. regulator on these matters, recently issued (on very short notice), a “Call for evidence” on issues of safety and efficacy, with a deadline of today, March 21, 2014.

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