By: Justin McHugh
Facebook has once again changed its privacy settings. In the battle for privacy, Facebook users are slowly yet surely losing. Facebook has recently announced that it will be removing a privacy feature that allowed users to limit who could search for them on the social network. Specifically, Facebook will be removing a privacy setting that limited whether users could be found when other people typed their names into Facebookâ€™s search bar. In its defense, Facebook claims that only a very small percentage of users were using the limited search setting.
By Jarrid E. Blades
Once upon a time, the outcome of court proceedings were reported by a person swinging open the doors of the courthouse and announcing to the townspeople the verdict. Â We have come a long way from this form of communication.Â As long as we are connected to wireless or cell service, we can receive up-to-the-second updates during court proceedings.
By Tyler P. Hite
This summer the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous 9-0 decision invalidating Myriad Geneticsâ€™ patent of the human genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 found in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), but validating Myriadâ€™s genetic patents of synthetically created composite deoxyribonucleic acid (cDNA). The Courtâ€™s reasoning hinged upon the fact that human genes found in DNA are â€œnaturally occurringâ€ and thus not eligible for patent, even though isolating human genes from DNA severs naturally occurring chemical bonds, thus altering but not re-creating anything new. cDNA, which the court deemed to be synthetically created from DNA by lab technicians, is created from naturally occurring DNA through a process which splits the DNA double helix and allows lab technicians to isolate specific genes for study, manipulation, and use. The Supreme Courtâ€™s decision allows for the patent of human genes that are deemed â€œnot naturally occurring,â€ even though â€œthe nucleotide sequence of cDNA is dictated by nature, not by the lab technician.â€
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