PARIS: Former New Zealand international Julian Savea will start for Toulon this weekend, the Top 14 side announced on Friday (Mar 22), more than a month after club president Mourad Boudjellal froze him out following a series of underwhelming displays.Savea, 28, has not played since a defeat to Agen on February 16, after which Boudjellal said he wanted to give a player nicknamed 'The Bus' a DNA test to see if he was who he claimed he was.Boudjellal said "he was free and no longer welcome at Toulon" following the 19-10 loss, but he will start at centre for his side's fixture at Lyon on Saturday.The 2015 World Cup winner has scored just two tries in 15 games since joining Toulon at the beginning of the season, a disappointing return for a player who crossed 46 times in 51 test starts for the All Blacks. … [Read more...] about Rugby: Savea returns for Toulon a month after ‘DNA test’ blast
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By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Thu., March 14, 2019 EDMONTON–A genetic test that claims to predict how people will react to cannabis has launched in stores across Alberta. Lobo Genetics set up its Cube platform at five Nova Cannabis stores Thursday, including two in Edmonton and one each in Calgary, Fort Saskatchewan and Spruce Grove. In under an hour, the $30 test supposedly determines whether someone is extra sensitive to THC, prone to psychosis with regular cannabis use, or more likely to suffer from memory loss. “We’ve spoken to a lot of people that already thought there was something wrong with them – like they had taken cannabis before and they were the only one in their group where they had a strong reaction,” said John Lem, CEO of the Toronto-based business. “And then we test their genetics, and sure enough, they’re a slow metabolizer or they have one of the other (genetic) markers.” The company … [Read more...] about New DNA test in five Alberta cannabis stores aims to predict personal reactions to pot
By Malcolm Ritter The Associated Press Thu., July 19, 2018 NEW YORK—Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an abnormality. It appeared in a gene that, when it fails to work properly, causes heart defects, mental disability and other problems. But nobody knew whether the specific abnormality detected by the test would cause trouble. “I was pretty distraught,” says Burns, a photographer in Charlotte, N.C. “I had a baby who was kicking. I could feel him moving inside of me. But at the same time I had this ache in my chest. What was his life going to be for him?” It took two months to get more reliable information, and Burns says she wasn’t really sure of the answer until after she gave birth in October to a healthy boy. Her experience is a glimpse into a surprising paradox of modern-day … [Read more...] about Gene tests can provide health clues — and needless worry
By Stuart Leavenworth McClatchy Washington Bureau Sun., June 3, 2018 LEHI, UTAH—It markets its DNA kits with promises that tug at the heartstrings: Discover ancestors. Strengthen family ties. Understand your life. Aided by venture capital and a flood of savvy marketing, Ancestry LLC has grown to become the world’s largest DNA testing conglomerate. Since 2012, it has lured more than 5 million people to spit into tubes and add their genetic code to the world’s largest private database of DNA. It has also banked away the world’s largest collection of human spittle, numbering in the hundreds of gallons. In the age of Facebook and Google, consumers seem comfortable surrendering their personal information to corporations that aggregate it and monetize it. But Ancestry and other DNA testing companies have added an audacious tweak: Consumers are now paying to hand over their genetic code, their most sensitive individual identifier, to companies that … [Read more...] about DNA for sale: Ancestry wants your spit, your DNA and your trust. Should you give it to them?
A team of researchers has developed a mini, portable paper-based DNA test that can rapidly diagnose diseases as well as display results that can be seen with the naked eye, working just like common pregnancy tests. The test -- also known as SHERLOCK (Specific High Sensitivity Reporter unLOCKing)-- indicates the presence of the target molecule after the simple paper strip is dipped into a processed sample. This new feature helps to pave the way for field use, such as during an outbreak. The innovations are built upon the first version of SHERLOCK, developed in 2017, and adds to a growing field of research that harnesses CRISPR systems for uses beyond gene editing. "SHERLOCK provides an inexpensive, easy-to-use, and sensitive diagnostic method for detecting nucleic acid material -- and that can mean a virus, tumour DNA, and many other targets," said Feng Zhang from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "The SHERLOCK improvements now give us even more diagnostic information and … [Read more...] about Portable paper-based DNA test can rapidly diagnose diseases: Study