What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet

What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet

No wonder it's hell marketing big solutions for the climate crisis to us; many of us think DNA in food is cause for alarm.A seminal book from the heyday of anthropology touches explicitly on meat, flesh, and irrationality: The Raw and the Cooked (1964).

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and their colleagues reported on Monday in the journal Nucleic Acids Research that longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the first known animals that can edit messenger RNA outside the cell nucleus.

‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life

‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life

Stoeckle has been working with New Jersey state biologists to conduct DNA-based counts of commercial fish species by dropping one-liter bottles into the ocean at various depths and sampling the water inside.

Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last

Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last

To finally fit together these elusive sections of the genome, Somasekar Seshagiri, a geneticist and president of the SciGenom Research Foundation in Bangalore, and his collaborators used a combination of older sequencing methods with new ones that read out very long stretches of DNA .

These Plastic Bunnies Got Their Own DNA Data Storage. Next up, the World?

These Plastic Bunnies Got Their Own DNA Data Storage. Next up, the World?

The bunnies, and the digital files that described them, remained identical over many months.“This is a very initial foray into one of the more promising applications of DNA data storage: ubiquitous storage,” says Sriram Kosuri, a biochemist at UCLA who was not involved in the work.

How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong

How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong

One of the top geneticists in the country, Neale and his colleagues at the Broad Institute, a pioneering biotech hub in Boston, had a decade earlier developed software that made it much easier for scientists to study the vast amounts of genetic data that were beginning to flood in.

A New Crispr Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases

A New Crispr Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases

But if you want to replace a faulty gene with a healthy one, things get more complicated .In addition to programming a piece of guide RNA to tell Crispr where to cut, you have to provide a copy of the new DNA and then hope the cell’s repair machinery installs it correctly.

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The genomic revolution has left Africa behind.“Currently, there’s this huge gap in genetic information,” says Abasi Ene-Obong, who studied cancer biology at the University of London before founding 54gene in January.

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

But soon after Darwin's death in 1882, the first wave of biologists to have grown up on his teachings took note of a curious occurrence in the realm of insects : During the second half of the 19th century, the predominant color of England's peppered moths had steadily shifted from mostly white to almost entirely black.

An Apple iOS 13 Review, Spying Streaming Devices, and More News

An Apple iOS 13 Review, Spying Streaming Devices, and More News

Apple's latest iPhone OS is here, you're being watched by your streaming devices, and you could soon get your DNA sequenced anonymously.The streaming apps are watching you: New research shows that over 2,000 of them are tracking information about your devices—even when you tell them not to .

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How. The potential for gene editing to make every acre of land more productive in the face of climate change has captured the imagination of plant scientists, the agtech industry, and governments alike.

The World Health Organization Says No More Gene-Edited Babies

The World Health Organization Says No More Gene-Edited Babies

Eight months after a rogue Chinese scientist revealed he had secretly created the world’s first gene-edited children , the World Health Organization is asking countries to put a stop to any experiments that would lead to the births of more gene-edited humans.

Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Hundreds of 23andMe customers tested on those earlier chips have pleaded with the company for some way to get access to its latest features, like the health reports and improved ancestry estimates.

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information .Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Deputy prosecutor Justin Harleman described the groundbreaking forensic technique to the jury Friday, including how a genetic profile of crime scene DNA was uploaded to a public genealogy database.

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

But new information in the stipulation agreement filed in court today reveals that the upload to GEDmatch occurred before the site changed its policy on May 20, 2018.According to the document, Detective Scharf asked Parabon to use genetic genealogy to help identify a possible source of the crime scene DNA on April 26, 2018, a day after authorities in California announced they’d used the technique in the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer .

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

To crack a 32-year-old murder case, police used genetic genealogy, which involves searching family tree sites and the DNA that people add to them.

Synthetic Biology Could Bring a Pox on Us All

Synthetic Biology Could Bring a Pox on Us All

So two years ago, in a Hail Mary attempt to defend against potential bioengineered viruses, Evans and his research associate did something unthinkable: They revived an extinct cousin of smallpox called horsepox, using mail-­order DNA.The Frankensteinian act stirred outrage among the international scientific community, which cast Evans as the Walter White of synthetic biology .

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

Megan Molteni covers biotechnology, medicine, and genetic privacy for WIRED.DHS officials say the pilot is just a small-scale evaluation to see if the technology can help root out cases of criminal fraud, including human trafficking and “child recycling.” Last month, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a congressional committee that the agency had discovered multiple incidences of young people being passed around, or “recycled,” to help migrants gain illegal entry.

Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses

Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses

Moreover, the researchers inferred the existence of five community-level groups of viruses that mapped onto distinct marine ecological zones based on temperature and depth: Arctic, Antarctic, temperate and tropical surface, temperate and tropical subsurface, and deep ocean.

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla's Robotaxi Pledge, a Browser That Pays You, and More News

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there will be a million self-driving Tesla taxis on the road by next year. You can finally make money surfing the web, and Elon Musk says you could be picked up by a self-driving Tesla taxi as soon as next year.

The Meteoric Rise of Family Tree Forensics to Fight Crimes

The Meteoric Rise of Family Tree Forensics to Fight Crimes

In the year since, the method has been used to solve more than 50 additional cold cases, spawning a lucrative new forensic science industry, spurring the creation of dedicated family tree-building police units, and raising a host of genetic privacy concerns.

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

Ether Comb, Ether Go. Bednarek tried putting a dollar's worth of Ethereum into a weak key address that the thief had previously emptied.

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.