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Crime Scene DNA in Reverse – Using Genetics of Wild Animals to Hunt Down Poachers

Posted in Science
Hunting down poachers using genetic data from animals is a cool new use of genetic data; the idea arose from some creative thinking.  The strategy is outlined in a Janaury 9, 2018  NYT article by Gina Kolata. An excerpt is below. _______________________________________________________________________ “[The poacher had]  jumped bail and fled to northern Pretoria, but it was… Continue Reading

An Example of Predicting/Finding Problems with New Drugs Using Proteomics (Biomarkers) – Work of SomaLogic

Posted in Drugs, Litigation Industry, Science
Pasted below is a fascinating press release from a proteomics company known as SomaLogic. The gist is the scientists were able to predict adverse effect problems with an experimental drug using SomaLogic’s molecular tools for measuring the amounts of proteins circulating in persons who were part of a clinical trial of the drug. The entire… Continue Reading

“FDA approves novel gene therapy to treat patients with a rare form of inherited vision loss”

Posted in Science
The molecular revolution continues to expand. Some of the new evidence arises from the FDA’s December 19, 2017 approval of a therapy based on gene editing for vision loss resulting from inherited gene defects. The FDA’s December 19, 2017 press release is pasted below and highlighted to emphasis implications for the future. ___________________________ December 19,… Continue Reading

“Breakthrough may lead to ability to diagnose CTE in living football players”

Posted in Mass Tort Issues, Science
Yet another example of how biomarkers evolve, and could matter for litigation over alleged or actual injuries, as set out in a September 26, 2017 article in the Washington Post. “By Rick Maese September 26 at 2:00 PM In one of the biggest breakthroughs to date, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine have discovered a key… Continue Reading

Scientific Testing – Talc Example

Posted in Mass Tort Issues, Science
Talc litigation is providing yet another example of the reality that product liability litigation can be complicated by multiple parties seeking access to limited amounts of materials. The materials may be biopsy materials from people or samples of products. An August 28, 2017 article from LAW360 provides the headline story, with a couple of quotes below.  J&J… Continue Reading

New Science Matters – NFL Players and CTE – 110 Out of 111 Show CTE, in a Not Random Set

Posted in Mass Tort Issues, Science
Does new science matter? Ask the NFL.  “A neuropathologist has examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players — and 110 were found to have C.T.E., the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head,” as described in a July 25, 2017 NYT article by Joe Ward, Josh Williams and Sam Manchester.  It’s an “interactive” story… Continue Reading

Cells – as Recorders of Events

Posted in Cancer, Science
The molecular revolution continues, with continuing implications for improving our understanding of how external events effect our cells.  As part of that journey, a group of researchers recently used CRISPR to embed a video into DNA and then retrieve it from the DNA, as described in a July 12, 2017 article at Stat News.  Why?… Continue Reading

Ancient Product Liability and/or Prehistoric Risk Assessment? “Scientists recreate Californian Indian water bottles to study ancient exposure to chemicals”

Posted in Science
A recent article caught my eye as it in some ways bridges older and newer lines of thinking and living.  The article describes current researchers testing an old Indian bottle making process for risks related to the use of bitumen. The article is summarized in a June 23, article at Science Daily. The introduction explains… Continue Reading

Smoking, Epigenetics and Autism – Epigenetic Links?

Posted in Mass Tort Issues, Science
The ongoing revolution in molecular science will help answer fascinating questions, such as why is there is more materially more autism among granddaughters of smokers. The answers, in turn, could have profound effects on business practices and product liability litigation. An April 28, 2017 article at Science Daily outlines the question as to smoking and… Continue Reading

Jurors In Toxic Tort Litigation Take Genetics Seriously

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues, Science
In the shameless self-promotion department, another article on “omics” and torts. LAW360 kindly published this on February 21, 2017.  In my view, it’s critical for trial lawyers to get focused on a range of topics related to “omics” and toxic torts. Jurors In Toxic Tort Litigation Take Genetics Seriously Share us on: Law360, New York… Continue Reading

Biomarker Exposure Tests Will Revolutionize Toxic Torts (Shameless Self Promotion)

Posted in Asbestos, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues, Science
A bit of shameless self promotion for me and colleagues at Innovative Science Solutions. This week brought us 15 seconds of “fame” through publication of a February 7, 2017 article in a widely read national legal publication known as LAW360. The article focuses on the molecular biology revolution moving slowly but steadily into litigation involving… Continue Reading

World Cancer Day 2017

Posted in Cancer, Science
It is World Cancer Day 2017. The many diseases we call “cancer” will kill tens of millions over the coming years. Every sentient person should demand more investment in research against the many diseases that kill or maim our lovers, spouses, children, and other loved ones. See the World Cancer Day web site for the… Continue Reading

Finding Cancer Very Early: Grail and Illumina Start Another Year with Another Notable Step Forward

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Science
One year ago, Illumina announced a stunning goal: find all cancers very early (stage 1 or 2) through use of massive computing power and artificial intelligence to find mutated cells circulating in a small blood sample. The lead backers of the effort are the world leader in gene sequencing (Illumina), Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos… Continue Reading

2017 May Bring an End to the US Federal Version of the Ancient Document Hearsay Exception

Posted in Asbestos, Comparative Law, Evidence, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues, Science
2016 has been quite the year, and it looks as if 2017 could be quite the year. To close out this year, a link to Nathan Schactman’s December 28, 2016 blog article regarding the likelihood that 2017 will bring an end to the federal rule for the ancient document exception to the hearsay rule. The article… Continue Reading

“The Future is Now:” New Opportunities and Risks from New Science and Technology

Posted in Product Liability, Science
This week brings another example of how quickly science and technology are providing new opportunities and risks related to new products and/or liability risks.  Specifically, here’s a December 21, 2016 article from Weil explaining where things are going – quickly – on vehicles and technology as NHTSA tosses out proposed tules on vehicles being able… Continue Reading

ACI’s 22nd Asbestos Claims & Litigation Forum

Posted in Asbestos, Litigation Industry, Science
ACI’s 22nd Asbestos Claims & Litigation forum, January 12-13 at the Union League of Philadelphia, is an event where law, science, and medicine will intersect to provide practitioners with more clarity and certainty with respect to pressing issues in the asbestos litigation industry. Top reasons to join this year’s conference: 1.    New sessions have been… Continue Reading

Kudos to the Few Who Invest in Molecular Science and Will Be Most Able to Create a Positive Out of the EPA List Naming Asbestos as a Top 10 Candidate for a Complete Ban or other Action

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Science
It’s not been a good run of days for asbestos defendants and other current and former sellers of alleged toxins. Yesterday,  under the new TSCA legislation, EPA issued its required list of its top 10 substances to investigate for a possible ban or other action.  “Asbestos” made the top 1o list. Not crocidolite. Not amosite.… Continue Reading

Not a Surprise: Projected Asbestos Loss for Insurers Raised by 18% by A.M. Best

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Science
A projected 18% increase in insurance company asbestos losses was announced yesterday by A.M. Best. Some of us are not surprised. Indeed, over the last two years, some of us wrote and sold two different white papers that explained why insurer losses would be going up (here and here). The white papers, it appears, helped… Continue Reading

Asbestos, Science and the 2017 ACI Conference in Philadelphia

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Science
Science, law and mass torts are increasingly intersecting and driving change.  The cancer research and medical communities are currently at the height of their conferences and workshop seasons, with recently completed and upcoming cancer conferences all over the US and indeed the world. In 2017, the medical and scientific data from 2016 will increasingly move… Continue Reading