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A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Opinion recently cited to an article written by ASU Regents’ Professor of Law and LSI Faculty Director, Gary E. Marchant and Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics Director and LSI Faculty Fellow, Jason S. Robert.
July 26, 2016
Answer: the CIA’s aim, when it invested in Skincential Sciences, was to gather biomarker information from skin. Skin is very revealing and information-rich biomarkers, though difficult to collect, can tell investigators many important things. However, what began as an investigative gel-product called Clearista turned into a potential beauty miracle with test subjects hailing the gel’s youthful effects. Read more here.
2. What famous Village People song could be the NIH’s current theme song?
Answer: the NIH, among others, want you as a new recruit, to participate in a vast genetic study to enable scientists to better understand and treat human diseases. A million volunteers and their health and lifestyle data are being sought for this noteworthy 10-year precision medicine research project. Enrollment via participating medical centers, smartphone, computer and phone is scheduled to begin this coming November or December. Read the details here.
3. With so many bad apples out there, how can molecular diagnostic test stakeholders keep track of the unbruised ones?
Answer: to help “filter through the noise and hype”, the ECRI Institute, a non-profit medical-technology assessment outfit, recently introduced the genomic tests database Ecrigene. The database holds targeted and selected “tests’ descriptions, indications of use, regulatory status, reimbursement information, and links to evidence reports prepared by the institute” to separate the wheat from the chaff and to help clarify the relevance, utility, ideal purpose and other characteristics of marketed tests. Read the story here.
July 14, 2016
On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, ASU Regents’ Professor of Law, Gary E. Marchant attended a significant, historical meeting in Washington, DC, on the ethics of human gene editing. Challenging NIH Director Francis Collins who said, “science is not ready for the controversial new technology to be used to eliminate genetic diseases that are passed down from one generation to the next,” Marchant countered with asking Collins how he would answer parents “whose only option to have a healthy child was through editing at the embryo stage.” To find out what Collins’ response was, click here.
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July 11-July 25 2016
In an article titled Illinois Facial Recognition Law Leads To Wave Of Class Actions Against Facebook, Others, Stephanie Grimoldby highlights the emergence of class action suits against entities using personal biometric information (BI) in states where the collection, use and storage of such information is protected by specific privacy laws. Currently, only Texas and Illinois have enacted such legislation. One alleged example of misuse of BI is Facebook’s facial recognition algorithms used to identify and suggest matches to previously “tagged” faces stored in its database. BI includes “a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or scan of hand or face geometry.” BI privacy laws are expected to have an impact not only on social media companies but on any covered entity that uses BI in its day-to-day operations.
July 5, 2016
Answer: salt consumption. A recent Canadian study reveals that setting a uniform low-salt standard for all may not be wise. It suggests moderate salt consumption may, in fact, be healthier for many people. This is true especially if one exercises heavily and for long periods, such as engaging in long-distance running, or hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim. Nonetheless, while most people should not have to obsessively measure out a single daily teaspoon-full (the current recommendation) one also should not habit-salt — that is salting items that are already heavily salted to begin with. Read more here.
2. And speaking of salt, what small innovation is a big reason to say cheese?
Answer: 3D-printed camera lenses, the size of a grain of salt, are being developed for use where no camera has been able to go before. From medical applications to security systems, the hope is that less will have more impact with regard to future possibilities. The efficient 3D printers allowed developers to bypass several limitations of current or old school manufacturing methods. Read the story here.
3. What new app may have some drivers becoming completely paranoid while driving?
Answer: in a 9-city pilot project, Uber plans to outfit its drivers with an updated app that will track and alert the driver regarding just about everything that is related to their driving — including speeding, braking, reaction time and holding a mobile device while gripping the steering wheel. To test the technology, Uber also intends to engage with passengers on their experiences and may request confirmation of negative driver habits. Read the details here.