Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

As researchers like Hill and Koellinger move forward with mining the world’s DNA deposits, policymakers will soon have to decide on which side of the veil polygenic scores for things like income, education, and intelligence belong.

Scientists Need More Cat DNA, and Lil Bub Is Here to Help

Scientists Need More Cat DNA, and Lil Bub Is Here to Help

Like most people, Daniel Ibrahim remembers exactly where he was the first time he came across a tiny, bug-eyed, toothless, limp-tongued cat called Lil Bub, the internet-breaking Queen of Cute .

Crispr Gene Editing Could One Day Cut Away Human Pain

Crispr Gene Editing Could One Day Cut Away Human Pain

James Cox, a molecular geneticist at University College London who identified Cameron’s genetic anomaly says his group is now using Crispr in human cell lines to try to mimic her microdeletion and better understand its effects.

Finally! A DNA Computer That Can Actually Be Reprogrammed

Finally! A DNA Computer That Can Actually Be Reprogrammed

They showed it’s possible to use a simple trigger to coax the same basic set of DNA molecules into implementing numerous different algorithms. As these DNA tiles link up during the assembly process, they form a circuit that implements the chosen molecular algorithm on the input bits provided by the seed.

The Read/Write Metaphor Is a Flawed Way to Talk About DNA

The Read/Write Metaphor Is a Flawed Way to Talk About DNA

In his book Life at the Speed of Light , Craig Venter himself—the brash, iconoclastic scientist and entrepreneur, and the institute’s founder—described his project as the first “synthetic cell”; it was named Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0, but it acquired the nickname “Synthia.” You can tell a lot about a biotech application about the way it’s named (“noninvasive,” “de-extinction”), and Venter’s new cell is no different: its formal name highlights the merging of the biological and digital.

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

The following year, Charpentier teamed up with biochemist Jennifer Doudna, and the pair asked what proved to be the multibillion-dollar question: Could they exploit this system and use it to edit genes?

DNA Crime-Solving Is Still New, Yet It May Have Gone Too Far

DNA Crime-Solving Is Still New, Yet It May Have Gone Too Far

It came on the heels of news that investigators in South Dakota had arrested a woman Friday in connection with a 38-year-old infant abandonment case.

A Genetic Mutation Might Explain Why Birth Control Can Fail

A Genetic Mutation Might Explain Why Birth Control Can Fail

“Instead, maybe we need to pay more attention as physicians to other things that might be going on, like genetics, so we can give better, more individualized treatment to women instead of just blindly adhering to the motto that if you just throw some hormones at it, that usually fixes the problem.” It’s the first time anyone has ever identified unique snippets of DNA associated with birth control performance.

23andMe’s New Diabetes Test Has Experts Asking Who It’s For

23andMe’s New Diabetes Test Has Experts Asking Who It’s For

Jorg Greuel/Getty Images On Sunday, the DNA testing company 23andMe revealed a new genetic analysis that it says will tell its customers if they have an elevated risk of developing the most common, and preventable, form of diabetes.

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

They published their study in a peer-reviewed academic journal, Forensic Science International , and the San Diego Police Department began using it in 2014—around the same time they tested the evidence in the Gregory Benton murder case.

Hackers Listen In on What Synthetic DNA Machines Are Printing

Hackers Listen In on What Synthetic DNA Machines Are Printing

In new work they presented at last week’s Network & Distributed System Security Symposium, a team of researchers from UC Irvine and UC Riverside unveiled a so-called acoustic side-channel attack on a popular DNA-making machine, a vulnerability they say could imperil the up-and-coming synthetic biology and DNA-based data storage industries.

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expected—but Fixes Are in Sight

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expected—but Fixes Are in Sight

Using a new method for measuring unplanned edits, a team of American, Chinese, and European scientists has found that the same base editor, widely in use by researchers today, actually messes up the genome at an eyebrow-raising rate. Besides the base editors, Steinmetz’s group also tested good ‘ol Crispr 1.0, the gene-editing workhorse of the biological research world.

Doubling Our DNA Building Blocks Could Lead to New Life Forms

Doubling Our DNA Building Blocks Could Lead to New Life Forms

Doubling Our DNA Building Blocks Could Lead to New Life Forms Researchers unveiled the latest feat in artificial DNA engineering: an eight-letter synthetic system called “hachimoji” DNA.

Dun Dun. Duun Duuun! The Great White Shark Genome Is Here

Dun Dun. Duun Duuun! The Great White Shark Genome Is Here

The Great White Shark Genome Is Here Sharks are renowned for their wound healing, lifespans of 70-odd years, and low rates of cancer. Stanhope and Shivji’s new map reveals that great white sharks also possess huge chunks of code for these genome-stabilizing DNA repair mechanisms and for tumor suppression.

Dog DNA Test Reviews: Wisdom Panel, DNA My Dog, and Embark Dog DNA

Dog DNA Test Reviews: Wisdom Panel, DNA My Dog, and Embark Dog DNA

Breed testing is more complicated; the companies compare your dog’s genetic information with that of other dogs in their databases.

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

The dilemma raises several questions: How does it feel to be a black scientist who owes much to James Watson in general, and in my case, is linked to his specific pedigree?

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The month before, the genetic genealogist had been hired by a forensic DNA company in Virginia called Parabon, to lead its new division devoted to long-range familial searching.

US Biotech Firms Made China's Gene-Edited Babies Possible

US Biotech Firms Made China's Gene-Edited Babies Possible

By adding in some slick software and artificially intelligent design, Synthego made ordering Crispr constructs to target any human gene a matter of a few clicks, a few hundred dollars, and waiting for the FedEx driver to show up at your door.When Doudna joined Synthego’s advisory board earlier this year, she described it as an essential company, one that was "poised to transform the industry by making the application of Crispr simpler, faster, and more valuable to innovators previously unable to realize its full potential,” she said in a press release at the time.Of course, He’s team could have obtained Crispr components elsewhere or made them from scratch in his lab at Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen.

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

Brave in the face of these field challenges, conservation biologists commonly embark on biological assessments to take the pulse of an ecosystem or monitor for the presence of rare or invasive species.

Now You Can Sequence Your Whole Genome for Just $200

Now You Can Sequence Your Whole Genome for Just $200

“It’s important to note that, right now, the medical profession is not recommending this for healthy patients,” Green says.And while Veritas’ test covers 200 genetic predispositions for disease compared to 23andMe’s nine, customers might decide that information isn't worth $1,000—Veritas will be competing with companies like 23andMe on the perceived value of all that genetic information until it can accomplish the sub-$200 genome.To get ahead in that regard, Veritas wants to integrate genetic data into the everyday.

These DNA Startups Want to Put All of You on the Blockchain

These DNA Startups Want to Put All of You on the Blockchain

“They’re rare, but extremely impactful if they hit you.”Nebula is joining another genomic data platform, called EncrypGen, which launched the first blockchain-enabled DNA marketplace on November 6.