December 31, 2011 |
Adrian Saxe is a ceramic artist known for juxtaposing the Historic and the Now with a trippy sense of humor. His latest musings in the show "GRIN — Genetic Robotic Information Nano," at Frank Lloyd Gallery through Jan. 7, incorporate Quick Response (QR) codes, or the square bar codes, into sculpture that emulate antique Chinese vases and scholar's rocks — rocks collected for their unusual and evocative forms. "Made to seduce and then betray, Saxe's elegant vessels present provocative concepts," curator Martha Drexler Lynn wrote for his 1993 retrospective at LACMA, "The Clay Art of Adrian Saxe.
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November 16, 2011 |
Har Gobind Khorana, who rose from poverty in rural India to become a giant of modern biology, winning the Nobel Prize in 1968 for work that helped decipher the genetic code and explain how cells make proteins, died Nov. 9 in Concord, Mass. He was 89. Khorana died of natural causes, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was an emeritus professor of biology and chemistry. Described by colleagues as brilliant and humble, Khorana shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with two other scientists, Robert W. Holley of Cornell University and Marshall W. Nirenberg of the National Institutes of Health.
March 9, 2011 |
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Tuesday that genetic tests directly marketed to consumers should be allowed only under a doctor's supervision. Personal testing, which is mainly available online from firms operating outside traditional medical institutions, can produce ambiguous or misleading results without proper analysis, panel members said. "I would suggest that we are not ready yet to put this completely in the consumer's hands," said panelist Joann Boughman of the American Society of Human Genetics.
July 8, 2010 |
When scientists announced last week that they had identified 150 genetic features that could be used to predict whether a person will live past 100, the public was intrigued (and I reported on it myself) -- but fellow scientists were skeptical. A few aspects of the study raised red flags for geneticists. First, the impressive 77% prediction accuracy was unheard of for similar types of reports, and particularly stood out given the relatively small number of subjects for this study.
November 21, 2009 |
The most sweeping federal anti-discrimination law in nearly 20 years takes effect today, prohibiting employers from hiring, firing or determining promotions based on genetic makeup. Additionally, health insurers will not be allowed to consider a person's genetics -- such as predisposition for Parkinson's disease -- to set insurance rates or deny coverage. Not since the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 has the federal government implemented such far-reaching workplace protections.
January 27, 2009 |
In April 2008, the blogosphere was abuzz with news that someone was auctioning then-candidate Barack Obama's half-eaten breakfast on EBay, along with silverware purported to contain his DNA. This episode led some to speculate that the DNA of one or both of the presidential candidates would be surreptitiously analyzed and their genetic information broadcast before the election for all to examine.