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Genetic ancestry testing is not ‘astrology’

In calling DNA-based ancestry tests 'astrology,' geneticist Mark Thomas wrongfully overlooks legitimate, peer-reviewed research ...
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Genetic engineering joins the fight to save wildlife

Conservation workers will this week seek help from an unlikely set of allies. They will ask researchers working on synthetic ...
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What the new ACMG guidelines really mean

Do patients have a right to not know what's written in their genes? The DNA Exchange explains doctors' new genetic ...
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What makes smart people do dumb things

Our usual measures of intelligence – particularly IQ – have very little to do with irrational, illogical behaviors. You really ...
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Sequencing finds antibiotic resistance in bacteria moving from livestock to humans

Scientists use genetics to uncover the "smoking gun" in the crossing-over of antibiotic resistance from livestock to human ...
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Get ready for a genetics-based marketplace

A new platform will help consumers control what offers they get from retailers based on their genetic makeup ...
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Genetic engineering turns microbes into industrial powerhouses

Thanks to a new method of gene expression quality control, the next industrial revolution could be biological ...
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Scientists engineer extreme bacteria to make fuel from carbon dioxide

University of Georgia researchers recently used the mighty Pyrococcus furiosus, which usually eats carbohydrates and lives in super-heated waters or ...
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Will animal-machine hybrids fight our next war?

The U.S. government is looking to animal-machine hybrids to safeguard the country and its citizens. The same advances that have ...
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New company will bring extinct species back from the dead

Two of biotechnology’s most prolific and far-sighted researchers say they’re teaming up to start a company that intends to rewrite ...
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Are boys really better at math, girls better at reading?

Are the human sexes distinct in their math abilities? In their reading abilities? Sex differences in math and reading scores ...
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Realizing the promise of newborn screening

Geneticist James P. Evans argues that it is time to start looking at genetic testing through the lens of disease ...
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Lily Grossman: Medicine — and hope — via genomics

The utility of whole genome sequencing is debated, but Lily Grossman's story offers compelling evidence for its potential ...
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Personal genetic tests can benefit everyone

Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of the personal genetics testing company 23andMe, says that knowing your genes could save your life ...
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Meritocracy: How social Darwinism made modern China

What role does DNA play in nation building? Can hundreds of years of natural selection provide the genetic basis for ...
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The genetics of mental illness and the allure of gene-ism

The current reality of mental illness is one of blurred boundaries; new genetic results showing coming ground among several disorders ...
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Return of the Neanderthals

Should scientists seek to clone our ancient hominid cousins? ...
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Genetic engineering may help in mapping the human brain

With the completion of the Human Genome Project, biology’s next big challenge will be to map the human brain, report ...
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Breast cancer genetic testing gets covered by health care reform

Genetic testing for breast cancer will be covered under the Affordable Care Act, potentially saving thousands of dollars for women ...
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Gene therapy’s breakout moment

This could be gene therapy's breakout moment: speculative venture capital investors are realizing the potential of gene therapy and are ...
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“Adam” born 338,000 years ago in revised estimate

DNA collected from an African American suggests that the "genetic Adam" may have lived far longer ago than previously thought ...
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Synthetic biology comes down to Earth

The Chronicle of Higher Education profiles Jim Collins, a Boston University bioengineer and founder of synthetic biology ...
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Brain-net: Telepathic mice first step in creation of biological computer

Using neurotechnology, scientists have created rats that can communicate telepathically across continents. Some neuroscientists think the experiments could lead to ...
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College genetics gets personal

Classes that deal with personal genetic results are popping up on college campuses with backing from 23andMe ...
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An embarrassment of “-omes”: Which ones matter?

Forget the genome. We're drowning in transcriptomes, epigenomes, and other -omes. How many of these categories are useful and how ...
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UK’s sale of personal gene data condemned as ‘unethical and dangerous’

Critics say companies could acquire personal information that would identify patients without their consent ...
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To claim someone has ‘Viking ancestors’ is no better than astrology

Exaggerated claims from genetic ancestry testing companies undermine serious research into human genetic history ...
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Detecting the ‘genetic’ characteristics of malware

The battle between malicious software and computer anti-virus programs is continuous and ever-evolving. But thinking of malware in a biological ...