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DNA Testing Suggests Dogs Needed No Convincing to Befriend Humans

Dogs have loved us for thousands of years, despite humanity’s many flaws and foibles. New research suggests dogs were domesticated from wolves just once—that’s all it might have taken for puppers and people to form an everlasting alliance. Read More >>

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Scientists Code an Animated GIF Into DNA

What’s a strand of DNA but data? We often think of its units, the As, Cs, Ts, and Gs, as letters of the words in an instruction manual. But what if, instead, we think of them as biological computer bits, storing the smallest unit of information? What stops scientists from harnessing the power of those units, using the latest biological technology to treat DNA like a writable disk? Read More >>

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Spain is Digging Up Salvador Dalí’s Body Because the World Is a Surreal Nightmare

A Spanish judge just ordered the body of Salvador Dalí to be exhumed for a paternity test. The order comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by a woman named Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader who claims to be Dalí’s illegitimate daughter. In court, Abel claimed that her mother was working near the Dalí family’s vacation home in the 1950s and that the two “had a friendship that developed into clandestine love.” Now, Abel wants to be recognised as the surrealist’s rightful heir. Read More >>

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Microsoft Reportedly Wants to Use DNA for Cloud Data Storage

In the not-so-distant future, next time you want to back up your work to Microsoft’s cloud, you might be storing it on a few snippets of DNA. Read More >>

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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 >>