What began as a tete-a-tete about a community tennis center is now poised to potentially reshape how we think about who owns our DNA and the information it encodes.

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Texas Fold ‘Em

June 8, 2018

In an unexpected move, the Justice Department filed a brief this evening urging a Texas court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s crucial insurance reforms—including the prohibition on refusing to cover people with preexisting conditions

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The new law has a catchy name, but it will only make it more difficult to know if medication is effective or safe

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Beyond Legalization

May 31, 2018

Dilemma physicians confront regarding aid in dying.

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Our Gail Javitt writes, “The reality is that Right to Try is unlikely meaningfully to increase the number of terminally ill patients who can access investigational therapies or improve the outcomes for such patients. Those that claim otherwise, and who cast FDA as the primary obstacle between dying patients and lifesaving medicines, are peddling their own form of ‘snake-oil'”

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Do the additional safeguards withstand scrutiny?

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Jeff Sebo asks this difficult question. “You might be aware that chimpanzees can recognize themselves in a mirror, communicate through sign language, pursue goals creatively and form long-lasting friendships. You might also think that these are the kinds of things that a person can do. However, you might not think of chimpanzees as persons.”

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Our Gail Javitt, with Robert E. Wanerman, writes, “A national coverage decision (NCD) published on March 16, 2018 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focuses attention on foundational challenges to integrating genomics into clinical medicine”

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