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Far-fetched ethical questions that are about to get real

Science fiction's favorite moral quandaries are suddenly pressing concerns ...
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Be prepared for the big genome leak

The number of genomes in research databases is growing -- how long will it be before that information gets out? ...
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The perils of neurocentrism

The issue with fMRI and other neuroscience techniques is "neurocentrism" -- "the view that human experience and behavior can be ...
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Faroe Islands aim to sequence genes of entire country

The Health Ministry of the Faroe Islands plans to sequence the genomes of every interested citizen ...
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Synthetic blood may introduce a host of complications

The pending arrival of synthetic blood is likely to come with some serious socioeconomic and ethical issues ...
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GM foods grow up

Critics of transgenic crops often focus on the seemingly unnatural act of adding something new and alien to a plant's ...
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Mother Jones: Is synthetic biology something to fear?

The funded synthetic biology Glowing Plant kickstarter campaign raises questions and fears for some ...
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Supreme court limits gene patents in mixed ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has restricted the ability of companies to patent human genetic sequences ...
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Artwork highlights legal debate over ‘abandoned’ DNA

A provocative art project creates "facial reconstruction" sculptures based on DNA found on trash. Is it legal? ...
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No, this is not how the human face might look in 100,000 years

One artist’s vision of what humanity will look like in 100,000 years includes huge eyes and foreheads. Apparently, we’re all ...
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Scientists identify mutations associated with intelligence for first time

In the first study of its kind that has generated a reproducible result, researchers report on ten variations in DNA ...
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Geneticists push for global data-sharing

69 institutions in 13 countries are working to enable the free flow of information in genomic medicine ...
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Clinical geneticists oppose some direct-to-consumer genetic testing

A majority of European clinical geneticists oppose direct-to-consumer genetic tests for serious or untreatable health issues ...
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Centenarian genetics: The search for longevity-enhancing biotech

People who live past age 100 develop diseases at much later ages than the rest of us. Scientists are working ...
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The complexity of cancer genetics

To develop cancer-specific drugs, we need to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells -- but it’s not so easy ...
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Discovery of liquid mammoth blood fuels cloning hopes

A remarkably intact 10,000-year-old female mammoth buried in Siberian ice raises hopes of cloning the extinct beast ...
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Synthetic blood: First human trials to take place in Scotland

Researchers in Scotland have received the go-ahead to set up a facility to manufacture synthetic blood from stem cells, bringing ...
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The biology of identity

Are your talents, traits, and insecurities so deeply embedded in your genes that they’re basically inevitable? ...
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Marketing to the big data inside us

Start-up "Miinome" plans to create a club that stores the DNA data of genome-sequenced people ...
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Hacking biotechnology: Do-it-yourself wonders and worries

What happens when you mix the do-it-yourself ethos of hacker culture with the ethically and emotionally fraught landscape of biotechnology? ...
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Errors cast doubt on landmark stem cell cloning paper

Sloppy mistakes cast doubt on claim of first-ever human stem cell cloning success ...
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Ask a geneticist: Race and IQ?

This Q&A with a geneticist offers a crash-course in genetics, race, and intelligence for the curious layperson ...
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Personal genomics and accidental paternity tests

What happens when your 23andMe results reveal that your brother is your uncle and your father isn't your father? ...
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Detective story: How genomics found the culprit in Ireland’s Great Famine

In an impressive bit of genomic sleuthing, researchers have used dried potato leaves to decode the genome of the fungus-like ...
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Microbiome: How the bacterial genes in our gut impact us

For every human cell that is intrinsic to our body, there are about 10 resident microbes ...
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Stem cell therapy deserves a dose of skepticism

Stem cells are at risk of becoming "the new snake oil peddled by 21st century charlatans" without better regulation and ...
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Genetics continues to garner attention as conservation tool

Genetics continues to make headlines in conservation efforts, even if it's not the species-saving panacea some hope for ...
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Breakthrough GE potato doesn’t brown or produce potentially carcinogenic compound

Biofortified interviews the man behind a new genetically engineered potato that doesn’t brown when cut or fried nor make acrylamide, ...