DNA

DNA

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.
Mirjam Guesgen
3.29.19
DNA

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.
Sarah Emerson
3.27.19
birth control

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.
Jessica Migala
3.20.19
crime

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.
Zing Tsjeng
2.22.19
mars rovers

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.”
Becky Ferreira
2.7.19
motherboard

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.
Sarah Emerson
1.22.19
teens

This Teen Translated a Bible Verse Into DNA and Injected It Into Himself

Will bioengineering become the hot new teen trend?
Daniel Oberhaus
1.7.19
DNA

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.
Terri Hansen
Jacqueline Keeler
12.21.18
ancient DNA

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.”
Becky Ferreira
12.19.18
This Week in Science

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.”
Shayla Love
12.14.18
This Week in Science

Tortoise DNA Might Hold the Answers to Living Longer

The scientists used the DNA of Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise.
Shayla Love
12.7.18
DNA/IDK

‘Society Will Decide What to Do Next’: Chinese Researchers Claim to Create the First Gene-Edited Babies

The researchers claim the DNA of twin girls was altered to protect them against HIV, but the results haven’t been published in a scientific journal and many researchers are questioning the ethical and scientific validity of the claim.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.26.18
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