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Do Parents Have a Right to Sue Over Their Kids’ Genetics?

It’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a primetime drama: a child-seeking couple visits a fertility clinic to try their luck with in-vitro fertilisation, only to wind up accidentally impregnated by the wrong sperm. Read More >>

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The US Just Greenlit the First Consumer DNA Tests for Disease Risk

At times, DNA testing can feel more like horoscopes than science. In many cases, we just don’t know enough about a gene to say what it means for our health. For this reason, the US Food and Drug Administration has sought to protect consumers by preventing DNA testing companies from telling them whether or not they’re are at risk for a certain disease. Until now. Read More >>

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How One Scientist Plans to Hunt for the Loch Ness Monster Using DNA 

UFOs. Big Foot. The Loch Ness monster. All mythologies that have propagated to explain the unexplained, the things modern science can’t quite justify or illuminate. Read More >>

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DNA Is Being Collected to Protect Sex Workers, But It Could Also Be Used Against Them

Nearly a decade ago, Dallas police proposed a new program designed to get sex workers off the streets. Rather than just send them to jail, police would set up shop at truck stops, accompanied by counsellors, social workers and nurses, and give the sex workers a choice of either prison or talking to a counsellor. But the program also had a grimmer, more ethically fraught component — collecting sex workers’ DNA in hopes of identifying their bodies should they wind up dead. Read More >>

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NASA Experiment Could Solve a Mystery About DNA in Space

While we all want to travel, live, and bang in space, there are some pretty major things to consider, such as the fact that our sentient flesh cocoons were not designed to handle the harsh conditions of the cosmic void. Though research like NASA’s Twin Study will illuminate some of the potential impacts of extended spaceflight on our bodies, so many mysteries remain — particularly when it comes to what’s going to happen to our DNA. Read More >>

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This Single Gram of DNA Contains an Amazon Gift Card, a Virus and an Entire Movie 

Ten years ago, if you wanted to back up some old photos, you might have stored them on a big, clunky external hard drive that weighed a couple of pounds and was a pain to lug around. Ten years from now, you might back up all the data from your entire life on just a few grams of DNA. Read More >>

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This Tiny Disease-Diagnosing Microchip Costs Less Than a Penny to Make

Diagnosing disease often requires analysing and detecting single cells with lab tests that cost hundreds of pounds each. Hospitals in a poor country stricken with a disease epidemic like HIV or malaria simply might not have the funds to run all of those tests. Scientists are looking for a cheaper option. Read More >>

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Astronauts Finally Tested Their Alien Detecting DNA Sequencer in Space

They haven’t found alien life out there yet, but following the first successful in-space DNA sequencing, astronauts have a better way to look for it. Read More >>

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Scientists Create New Life Forms That Tinker With the Language of DNA

Scientists have been up to something else now. They just can't help themselves. This time they've created a new form of life in the lab that reads common DNA instructions in a different way, building cells that speak a new language of sorts and are therefore impervious to the attacks of existing viruses. Read More >>

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Dog DNA Sends Scottish Man to Jail in Legal First

With best friends like that, who needs enemies? In a first for Scotland, a man’s been sent down because of DNA evidence secured from a dog. Read More >>

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A New Tool on the ISS Could Help Us Find Alien Life

The International Space Station (ISS) is getting an incredible new tool: a handheld DNA sequencer. The questions scientists hope it will answer include whether life exists beyond our planet and just what is that weird fungus growing on the wall of the space station? Read More >>

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New Environmental Science A-Level Covers Drones, DNA Testing and Global Warming

A new Environmental Science course about to be offered to anyone not eyeing up the easy life of the scrapheap at 16 wants to teach kids about the basics of the modern world, including all the exciting things people talk about all the time now, like drones, why it's always hot and either rainy or a drought, the basics of DNA testing and more. Read More >>

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Bio-Engineering Is a Lot Less Dystopian When It Looks Like an Acid Trip

The burgeoning industry of biological design is in the headlines every day. Yet even science journalists have had trouble explaining concepts like CRISPR in terms that everyone can understand. A new exhibition at a Silicon Valley museum skilfully explains the technically and ethically complicated field of bio-engineering to adults—as well as the next generation of gene-editors. Read More >>

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Microsoft is Storing Data on 10 Million Strands of DNA

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) contains the information that defines life – but it can also be used to store digital content, too. Now, Microsoft has announced that it’s seriously investigating the technique as a means of storing data, paying a bioscience company to create ten million strands of digital storage DNA. Read More >>

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The World’s Smallest Thermometer Is Made of DNA

Need to take a temperatures in a hard-to-reach spot? Researchers have created the world’s smallest thermometer from DNA, and it could be used to measure temperature even within living cells. Read More >>