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Viewpoint: ‘GMOs change your DNA’ and 7 other anti-biotech myths debunked

There are quite a bit of misconceptions and myths surrounding that term and what GMOs actually are. But it’s important ...
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Viewpoint: GMO vs non-GMO foods? There’s no difference to your body or health

What exactly happens when you eat a GMO? ...
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In your genes? DNA holds clues about how you will fare when exposed to coronavirus

Although the spread of SARS-CoV2, the virus causing COVID-19, has slowed in many places that have successfully “flattened the curve”, ...
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Our Neanderthal DNA might explain who gets sickest from COVID-19

[A] small fragment of the genetic code that has been inherited by modern humans from Neanderthals could carry the secret ...
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China demands DNA from millions of men and boys, raising questions about privacy and consent

[China’s police force has] swept across the country since late 2017 to collect enough samples to build a vast DNA ...
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Exploring coronavirus patient DNA for answers: Why are some people hurt worse than others?

Thousands of UK patients who have fallen ill with coronavirus will have their genomes read in a major study to ...
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Dinosaur DNA discovered?

The tiny fossil is unassuming, as dinosaur remains go. ... But it may contain something never before seen from the ...
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Overcoming fear: Understanding DNA ‘flexibility’ could lead to better treatments for phobias and PTSD

Fear is an important survival mechanism and so too is the ability to inhibit fear when it’s no longer needed ...
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Combining acoustic waves and CRISPR to create gene therapies for cancer and genetic disorders

A UCLA-led research team [April 28] reports that it has developed a new method for delivering DNA into stem cells ...
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Genetic tracking helps contain Ebola outbreaks. Why hasn’t it worked with the coronavirus?

The first sign that viral genomics might transform epidemiology came in the wake of the 2013-16 Ebola epidemic in West ...
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Podcast: Twisted history—The true story of how the DNA double helix was discovered

There's more to the story of the double helix than Watson and Crick. We unwind history to uncover some of ...
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Searching coronavirus patient DNA to learn why some people are hit harder than others

Among the many mysteries that remain about COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is why it hits some ...
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University of Hawaii launches research into why ‘certain individuals and racial/ethnic groups’ might be at greater risk from COVID-19

LifeDNA, Inc., a pioneering personal genomics company, has initiated a coronavirus study aimed at understanding why certain individuals and racial/ethnic ...
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The risks of using gene drives to get rid of ‘pesky species’

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
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Podcast: Bird poop, pus, and the Manhattan project—the surprising origins of the genetic alphabet

Kat Arney explores the origins of the genetic alphabet: A, C, T and G - the four 'letters' that spell ...
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Stealth technology could offer ‘secure, selective and precise’ delivery system for cancer drugs

Earlier this year, researchers assembled an intelligent and autonomous nanostructure entirely out of DNA that delivered and released a cancer drug. Cancer ...
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Using DNA to crack cold cases: Should police lie to collect evidence from innocent people?

On an October morning in 2018, Eleanor Holmes and her husband left home to run an errand and found two ...
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Novels ‘All About Evie’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’ illustrate how DNA tests can reveal ‘dark secrets’, from rape to unknown siblings

It was inevitable that fiction writers would begin weaving unexpected DNA test results into their narratives ...
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DNA to be collected from migrants in custody through Trump administration pilot program

The Trump administration will begin collecting DNA samples from some migrants in US Customs and Border Protection custody as part ...
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Podcast: How precision, customized medicine is reshaping health care

For all the life-saving pharmaceuticals, surgeries and devices it provides, modern medicine is still rather imprecise. Chemotherapy drugs, for instance, ...
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China wants to use DNA to map faces. Is it a technology for ‘hunting people’?

Chinese scientists are trying to find a way to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s ...
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Aggressive cancer adapts quickly thanks to odd ‘doughnut-shaped’ DNA

Cancer cells may owe some of their destructive nature to unique, "doughnut-shaped" DNA, according to a new study. The study, published ...
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Can DNA predict a person’s facial features? New forensic tool gets us closer, by deducing hair, eye and skin color

Could DNA testing predict faces to go with found body parts? ...
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Trump Administration proposes DNA collection from immigrants crossing the border for database of asylum seekers

The Justice Department is proposing to begin collecting DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of immigrants crossing the border, creating ...
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Time for an upgrade? Swedish study reveals thousands of genetic sequences not found in human reference genome

[I]t’s hard to study genetic sequences if they’re absent from the human reference genome, the product of the $2.7 billion ...
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Merging man and machine: Tiny DNA nanomachines control biology, fight cancer

Chemistry isn’t king when it comes to governing our bodies; physical forces are similarly powerful. The problem is how to ...
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Trump administration wants to collect DNA from detained immigrants

The Trump administration plans to vastly expand a program to collect DNA information from migrants in detention and enter it ...
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We’re different. We’re the same. Genomic databases require diversity to illuminate human commonalities and disparities

I edited this month’s Critic at Large essay, a piece from Jackson Laboratory Scientific Director Charles Lee on the need to inject large-scale genomic ...