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Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire

In the unfolding family separation crisis at the US-Mexico border, one thing has become increasingly clear; the federal government lacks any real plan for reuniting children with their parents. On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that would keep children and their parents together, though in indefinite detention. But ...

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The Hairy Problem With Drug Testing and Chemical Analysis

Keri Hogan was about to become a police officer when she submitted a sample of her hair to the city of Boston for testing. The city, in turn, gave it to a company called Psychemedics, which washed the hair, dissolved it, and used gas chromatography and mass spectrometry—chemical analysis techniques—to ...

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Medicare Now Covers Genetic Cancer Testing

This year, nearly 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. Most will find out in the usual way; after having tiny blobs of tissue slurped up through a needle, smeared and stained on a slide, and put under the discerning eye of a pathologist. But starting this week, Medicare ...

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Accuracy Concerns on Testing Device for Blood-Thinning Drug

Dr. Gary Goldstein, a Florida internist, knew something was wrong with a blood-testing device in his office when, all of a sudden, it began giving out odd results. The device, an INRatio monitor by Alere, is crucial to helping doctors manage patients on warfarin, a blood-thinning drug. When he checked ...

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