Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Your cells and genetic information can be used in research without your knowledge — this happens all the time. It leads to important medical advances […]
Sunday, May 17th, 2009
Speaking of the debate over patents interfering with medical care: A promising new drug for treating Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) is not available to patients due to a patent dispute.
Friday, May 15th, 2009
The ACLU has launched a suit against the holder of the breast cancer gene patent with hopes of stopping the practice of gene patenting. Skloot covers the suit, its history, and its odds of success.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Good Morning America’s segment today on non-canine service animals was a classic oversimplification of a complex story that makes one of the most common media mistakes: it focuses on the quirk without getting into any of the serious issues involved.
Saturday, February 28th, 2009
A documentary film is being planned based on my recent NYTimes Magazine story on the use of non-canine service animals. It’s producers are looking for subjects to interview.
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
The new stimulus package includes serious cuts to science funding (like nixing 100% of the National Science Foundation’s $$). This — as an old family […]
Thursday, February 5th, 2009
The Department of Justice has withdrawn its proposed ADA regulations that would have banned the use of assistance monkeys, birds, miniature horses, etc.
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
A few hours ago, Joe Biden swore in the new head of the Department of Justice — the first African American Attorney General in history. […]
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
Because the sweeping DOJ changes to the Americans With Disabilities Act were the only Bush Administration regulations under review that weren’t approved before Obama was inaugurated as president today, monkeys, miniature horses, parrots, ducks and everything else can legally qualify as service animals (for now)
Saturday, January 17th, 2009
The question of service animal species also turns out to be a question of religious freedom