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Category Archives: Biotech and Bioinformatics

The Danger of the New Crusaders and the Risk for the Medical Research

Repubblica.it, an Italian online newspaper, accounts for the cancellation of a fund-raising initiative to collect money for the research on rare disease. The cancellation has been motivated by the fear of riots provoked by animalist activists who object living animals to be used in medical research. This form of terrorism is a dangerous growing trend […]

Conversation on Evidence

“Discorsi sulla prova” (“Conversations on evidence”) is a conference that will be held in Milan, next Apr. 4. Judges, philosophers, physicians and scientist will talk about the different meaning of the word “evidence” in their specific fields. More info here.

How Linkedin Helped to Fight a Possible Scam

Among the usual daily flow of e-mails that submerges me, today I’ve spotted a request for contact coming from a North-European research firm active in the healthcare sector. Its CFO asked for information about a possible breach of contract litigation. I didn’t have any reason to think of this e-mail as a scam, but there […]

Monsanto to challenge EU biotech inventions directive

The EU Court of Justice will soon issue a decision on a biotech-patent case filed by Monsanto Technology LLC trying to broaden the scope of the EU directive on biotechnological inventions. On March, 9 2010 EU Court’s Attorney General released an opinion, although not forcing the Court to accept it –  dismissing Monsanto’s legal claims.

Faked DNA and Criminal Trials in Italy

“Authentication of forensic DNA samples” is a paper released on the last Forensic Science International: Genetics issue by a group of Israeli researchers. Authors claim to have found a method to fabricate artificial biological samples (and the way to tell the differences from the original one) and wish that their finding will become a standard […]

Italian NDNA database. The devil is in the details

On June 30, 2009, the Italian Parliament finally passed Law No. 85 that ratifies the Prum Convention and forms the legal ground for the creation of an Italian National DNA Database (NDNAD.) Although this law might have benefited from UK and USA court experience in the field of DNA forensics, the current text indicates that […]

Italian data protection authority to (apparently) sanction Carabinieri’s DNA forensics biobank

On May, 25 2009 the Italian Data Protection Authority (DPA) disclosed the results of an investigation over the DNA forensics database run by the Carabinieri’s Raggruppamento Investigativo Speciale (RIS.) 1 According to the laconic press release, the DPA ordered RIS to enforce stricter security measures to track who access the database. Although the DPA (as […]

One step ahead towards the Italian National DNA Database

On Dec. 23 2008 the Italian Senate passed the law that allows the creation of an Italian National DNA Database (NDNAD.) When the Camera dei deputati (a sort of Lower Chamber) will grants its approval the law is approved. Technically speaking, there is room for amendments, but this is improbable and, even if amendments come, […]

Towards an Italian National DNA Database

Italy started the legal process to establish a National DNA Database. A draft law proposed by Goverment (and not yet approved by the Parliament) establish the power for Law Enforcement officer to obtain DNA samples with moderate use of force, inflicting a minimum pain.This provision is said to be necessary in case the suspect refuses […]

Italian Biotech Facts and Trends 2008 released

Biopolo just released its annual report on Italian Biotech industry. Here is the link.