A Bizarre New Species of Mollusk Eats Rocks, Poops Sand, and Shapes Rivers
Lithoredo abatanica, a very weird shipworm found in a river in the Philippines, represents both a new species and genus.
Disease Prediction Scores Based on DNA Have a Racial Bias, Study Finds
Polygenic scores were nearly five times less accurate for people of African descent than people of European descent, a new study has found.
A DNA Ancestry Website Is Asking People to Join to Help Hunt Criminals
The popular platform Family Tree DNA is piggybacking forensics' use of genealogy databases to sell its product.
Your DNA Could Affect How Well Your Birth Control Works
New research suggests that people with an uncommon genetic variant break down the hormones in birth control too quickly—which could put them at risk of unintended pregnancy.
Police Use Genealogy Website to Crack 45-Year-Old Cold Murder Case
Linda Ann O'Keefe's family thought they would never find her killer. Decades later, police have arrested a suspect based on DNA match on a public genealogy site.
A Rover Named After DNA Pioneer Rosalind Franklin is Headed for Mars in 2020
“This name reminds us that it is in the human genes to explore.”
Scientist Who Gene-Edited Babies ‘Will Be Dealt With Seriously,’ Chinese Investigators Say
A report by Chinese authorities on Monday alleged that He Jiankui violated ethics and research integrity in editing the DNA of human babies.
This Teen Translated a Bible Verse Into DNA and Injected It Into Himself
Will bioengineering become the hot new teen trend?
The NIH Is Bypassing Tribal Sovereignty to Harvest Genetic Data From Native Americans
NIH’s plan to collect DNA from Native Americans without properly consulting them is “biocolonialism,” Indigenous leaders say, arguing that tribes must be in control of their data.
DNA Can Help Return Indigenous Remains to Ancestral Sites
“We propose that our approach can be used now and will be used routinely in the future to return remains to their rightful kin.”
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Just Hearing the Results of a DNA Test Can Make Your Body Act Differently
People who were told that they were genetically at risk for poor exercise capacity couldn’t run as long as they could before they were told about their “risk.”
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Tortoise DNA Might Hold the Answers to Living Longer
The scientists used the DNA of Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise.