FROM Robert Klitzman
Home Genetic Testing New technology is flooding the market with home genetics testing. For $99 and a swab of your cheek, 23andMe offers consumers ancestry data and, until recently, personalized information about genetic traits and health conditions. In November, that part of the service was suspended, when the Food and Drug Administration ordered the company to stop marketing what it claims is a diagnostic device requiring FDA pre-approval. Kira Peikoff is a graduate student in bioethics at Columbia University. She was curious to see what we're missing with the FDA ban in place, and decided to compare the accuracy of three of the home genetics testing kits.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?