2-20-2018 worried-your-child-might-have-autism

Blood test predicts autism with 90% accuracy

Ed Cara | 
New research, published Sunday [Feb. 18] in the journal Molecular Autism, might provide one of the first steps needed toward developing an accurate ...
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CRISPR ‘black box’ tells us what’s happening inside human cells

Kristen Brown | 
To get a peek inside the cell, scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have developed a sort ...
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‘Inherently imperfect’: Why ancestry tests are often misunderstood

Kristen Brown | 
It’s right there in the fine print of any consumer DNA test, if you bother to read it: DNA testing ...
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DARPA: Biohackers should ‘think deeply’ about using themselves as research guinea pigs

Kristen Brown | 
[DARPA biotechnology director Justin] Sanchez was not only [at Body Hacking Con] to promote the agency’s expansive research portfolio. He ...
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Replacement ears for children grown from their own cells in Chinese lab

Ed Cara | 
Chinese scientists say they’ve accomplished something that’s long been a goal in the world of regenerative medicine—giving someone a new, ...
1-28-2018 parents-and-crying-baby-at-home

‘Genetic nurture’: Parents’ genes affect how they raise their children

Kristen Brown | 
A new paper [January 26] in Science suggests a fascinating new twist on this interaction between our genes and our environment. Our ...
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Questioning the decision to resurrect smallpox relative in the lab

George Dvorsky | 
In an effort to develop a safer vaccine substitute, Canadian researchers have resurrected a close relative—the extinct horsepox virus—from scratch ...
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Targeting invasive pests with genetically tailored poison in New Zealand

Kristen Brown | 
Recently, New Zealand has been at the center of a heated debate over whether it is either feasible or ethical to use ...
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‘An awful lot of spit’: Consumer DNA test market booms as consumers ‘take control of their health’

Kristen Brown | 
When AncestryDNA sold some 1.5 million of its genetic testing kits over Black Friday weekend, it seemed like clear evidence that after ...
1-17-2018 biohacking

Should the FDA have a say in ‘do-it-yourself’ biohacking?

Kristen Brown | 
In the past few months, the possibility of do-it-yourself genetic engineering has exited the realm of the purely hypothetical. ...
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CRISPR food coming soon: USDA decision speeds up regulatory process for gene-edited crops

Kristen Brown | 
In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the green light to a version of the plant Camelina sativa, an important oilseed crop that ...
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Can a genetic test tell you how to lose weight? 23andMe is trying to find out

Kristen Brown | 
23andMe is kicking off a massive study into the genetics of weight loss that the company says will involve 100,000 people crowdsourced ...
Potential CRISPR setback jolts investors, but researchers say there's no need to panic

Potential CRISPR setback jolts investors, but researchers say there’s no need to panic

Kristen Brown | 
On [January 8], the world of science awoke to news that suddenly cast uncomfortable doubt on many of the past ...
Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

Kristen Brown | 
In Saudi Arabia, if you’re planning to tie the knot, there’s a step you must go through that doesn’t happen ...
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Looking back at 2017’s genetics breakthroughs

Kristen Brown | 
It was a big year for the building blocks of life. Here were the most significant breakthroughs in genetics research ...
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Scientists sound alarm over DIY gene therapy, calling it ‘unsafe’

Kristen Brown | 
In just the past few months we’ve seen not one, but two examples of people pursuing unregulated gene therapy. … [T]he largest organization of ...
Skin color and 'race': Genetics reveal complicated relationship

Skin color and ‘race’: Genetics reveal complicated relationship

Kristen Brown | 
For much of recorded history, skin color has been loaded with powerful social meaning. Skin color plays a major part ...
Canadian researchers can't use CRISPR in human embryo research

Canadian researchers can’t use CRISPR in human embryo research

Kristen Brown | 
In the United States, using genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR to make genetic alterations that can be passed on ...
'Awakened' vegetative man shows how viral stories raise false hopes

‘Awakened’ vegetative man shows how viral stories raise false hopes

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
A man recently “woke” from a vegetative state, crying again after “regaining consciousness,” creating a flurry of news coverage. Yet as exciting ...
Biohackers help 'patient' inject himself with experimental HIV treatment—live on Facebook

Biohackers help ‘patient’ inject himself with experimental HIV treatment—live on Facebook

Kristen Brown | 
[Tristan] Roberts is about to inject himself with an experimental gene therapy for HIV, a DIY prototype treatment designed by ...
Healthy bacon? Headlines mislead on Chinese CRISPR gene-edited low-fat pigs

Healthy bacon? Headlines mislead on Chinese CRISPR gene-edited low-fat pigs

Kristen Brown | 
On October 23, Chinese scientists published a paper heralding a truly remarkable feat: Using the genome-editing technique CRISPR, they created 12 healthy ...
Why won’t pharmaceutical companies invest in male birth control?

Why won’t pharmaceutical companies invest in male birth control?

Kristen Brown | 
Male birth control is the great promise that never was. We’ve been just a few years away from a male ...
Genetic testing pitfall: Major genetic company missed 50,000 cancer screenings

Genetic testing pitfall: Major genetic company missed 50,000 cancer screenings

Kristen Brown | 
As fun as it is to find out where your great-great-great grandparents came from, the real promise of genetic testing ...
Viewpoint: Many consumer DNA tests rely on pseudoscience, 'useless' data

Viewpoint: Many consumer DNA tests rely on pseudoscience, ‘useless’ data

Kristen Brown | 
In the past decade, DNA sequencing has gotten really, really cheap, paving the way for an onslaught of direct-to-consumer genetic testing ...
Healthcare inequality and genetic screening: Will the poor be left behind?

Healthcare inequality and genetic screening: Will the poor be left behind?

Kristen Brown | 
Today in America, if you are poor, you are also more likely to suffer from poor health... Imagine now, that ...
Do your kids have 'soccer genes'? The pseudoscience of many genetic tests

Do your kids have ‘soccer genes’? The pseudoscience of many genetic tests

Kristen Brown | 
[A] growing number of scientists [are] pushing back against wild claims in the consumer genetics market, which is flush with tests promising ...
Black Death: Was the plague actually good for the environment?

Black Death: Was the plague actually good for the environment?

Maddie Stone | 
From 1347 to 1351, a nightmare disease ravaged Europe, afflicting victims with putrid black boils, fevers, vomiting, and in short order, ...
In-vitro screwup: What happens when your baby has someone else's DNA?

In-vitro screwup: What happens when your baby has someone else’s DNA?

Kristen Brown | 
It’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a primetime drama: a child-seeking couple visits a fertility clinic to try their ...