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‘Inherently imperfect’: Why ancestry tests are often misunderstood

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

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

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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Targeting invasive pests with genetically tailored poison in New Zealand

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’

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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’

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

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

In the United States, using genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR to make genetic alterations that can be passed on ...
Biohackers help 'patient' inject himself with experimental HIV treatment—live on Facebook

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

[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

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?

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

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

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?

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

[A] growing number of scientists [are] pushing back against wild claims in the consumer genetics market, which is flush with tests promising ...
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?

It’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a primetime drama: a child-seeking couple visits a fertility clinic to try their ...
New Zealand mulls using gene drive to eliminate country's largest ecological threat: Weasel-like stoat

New Zealand mulls using gene drive to eliminate country’s largest ecological threat: Weasel-like stoat

The stoat—a small, adorable, weasel-like mammal—is the one of the largest ecological threats in New Zealand. It’s a fierce invader ...
'Three-parent babies' may be born soon at first licensed UK fertility clinic

‘Three-parent babies’ may be born soon at first licensed UK fertility clinic

A fertility clinic in Newcastle was just granted permission to start performing what’s known as the ‘three-parent baby’ technique, a ...
No egg? No sperm? No problem. First artificial embryo made from stem cells

No egg? No sperm? No problem. First artificial embryo made from stem cells

Using stem cells in grown-on 3D scaffolding in a laboratory petri dish, scientists have for the first time created an ...
'Superbugs' could be killed with 'genetic chainsaw' version of gene editor CRISPR

‘Superbugs’ could be killed with ‘genetic chainsaw’ version of gene editor CRISPR

When folks talk about the gene-editing tool CRISPR, they’re usually talking about CRISPR-Cas9, a combination of DNA and enzymes that ...
Who should own revolutionary gene editor CRISPR? Scientists or the public?

Who should own revolutionary gene editor CRISPR? Scientists or the public?

In a one sentence ruling, an appeals board granted the rights to the powerful gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to the ...
'Netflix for genetics': Will DNA-based lifestyle guides become the latest health craze?

‘Netflix for genetics’: Will DNA-based lifestyle guides become the latest health craze?

DNA Lifestyle Coach isn’t the only company hoping to turn our genetics into a lifestyle product. In the past decade, ...