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NEWS
January 20, 1998 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to bring order to the frontier of science, the White House will ask Congress today to protect Americans from workplace discrimination based on information gleaned from genetic testing. The initiative, to be unveiled by Vice President Al Gore, will be accompanied by a Clinton administration study suggesting that the potential for misuse of genetic information will rise significantly in coming years.
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BUSINESS
December 15, 2013 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
Cutting-edge companies often walk a tightrope between regulators trying to keep their technologies under control and marketers trying to push them out to consumers as fast as possible. That's where a Silicon Valley company named 23andMe is today. The Mountain View, Calif., firm has been hawking genetic tests for you to take at home. You spit into a receptacle and ship your saliva back to the company so it can analyze your DNA for a mere $99. Eventually you get a readout detailing your genetic susceptibility to hundreds of diseases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Martha Chase, 75, a researcher who in her early 20s became part of one of the most famous DNA experiments ever conducted, the so-called "blender experiment," died Aug. 8 of pneumonia at a hospital in Lorain, Ohio, according to her guardian and lawyer, Brent English of Cleveland. Chase had been suffering from dementia for many years. Chase and biologist Alfred D. Hershey, working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y.
NEWS
May 24, 1997 | From Newsday
Alfred D. Hershey, a chemist who won the Nobel Prize for showing that DNA is the carrier of genetic information, has died. He was 88. Hershey, a staff member at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York since 1950, died Thursday in New York. He shared the 1969 Nobel Prize in medicine with physicist-biologist Max Delbruck and biologist Salvador Luria. The three were known collectively as "the phage group."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Japanese researchers have demonstrated that a human virus called HTLV-1 can cause rheumatoid arthritis in mice. Experts said the discovery provides strong proof that viruses can cause arthritis. HTLV-1 is a so-called retrovirus, closely related to the AIDS virus, that is capable of inserting its own genetic information into the genes of its host during an infection. It causes leukemia and at least two rare degenerative nerve disorders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1988
Scientists at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte said Monday that they have developed a new test for the AIDS virus that could reduce the risk of tainted blood transfusions and help scientists study the effectiveness of experimental drugs. Current tests detect antibodies to the virus, which can take months to develop. But John J. Rossi, a molecular geneticist at the City of Hope, said the new test would allow detection of the virus just a few days after exposure.
NEWS
July 1, 1994
Deputies assigned to the security floor at the courthouse said that spectator seats have been assigned this way: News media: 25 Victims' families: 18 Public: 10 Defense and prosecution: 7 Simpson's family: 5 DNA Tests DNA test results will not play a part in the preliminary hearing of O. J. Simpson. Some preliminary results have been returned, but the final results are not expected for weeks. Sources have said the preliminary results point to Simpson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1998
A team led by Dr. Barry Forman of the City of Hope Diabetes Center in Duarte has identified what they call the first steroid-like hormone to be discovered in 30 years. They report in today's Nature that the hormone, called androstanol, appears to have a mechanism of action different from that of most other steroids. Most steroid hormones stimulate the transcription of genes, the process in which genetic information contained in DNA is converted into proteins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Biologists have taken a small step closer to reproducing the origins of life by creating self-replicating RNA, the substance used by cells to transmit genetic information from DNA to cellular machinery. Many scientists now think that the first life was composed entirely of RNA. Self-replicating RNA would thus have many properties of the first "living" organism.
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