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Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryDemocrats Shouldn’t Give in to White Racism Jamelle Bouie The idea that the Democratic Party should back off its commitment to civil …

How Will Synthetic Biology Change the Way We Live? | Event | Zócalo Public Square

Humankind is entering a new age of evolution. Genetic engineering and synthetic biology will soon allow us to program DNA with the same ease we …

Life—As We Know It—Is in His Hands | The Takeaway | Zócalo Public Square

We’ve reached a pivotal moment in our understanding of what life is. Biologist and entrepreneur J. Craig Venter, one of the scientists responsible …

Experts question Google’s new ‘moonshot’ project: mapping human genome biomarkers

Canadian experts have concerns about a report that Google Inc. is planning to create a map of the biomarkers in the "healthy" human genome.<p>Researchers have told The Globe and Mail they would welcome the search giant to this area of study, which they say is underfunded, but they questioned how …

Biomarkers

Techonomy -

By | February 9, 2018, 1:22 PM | <i>Techonomy Exclusive</i><p>Techonomy's program for our May conference in NYC is shaping up quickly. The conversation will …

Bio 14

People in other sectors of tech simply don't know much about biology and its economic impact.<p>The number of drugs that were actually approved by the …

Personal Genomics for All

There's a revolution taking place that's going to touch a lot of people's lives in important ways. It's the personal genomics revolution. Most of us associate genomics with health. And while genomics will certainly transform the practice of medicine, it is also changing the way we think about …

One Codex Wants To Be The Google For Genomic Data

As hospitals and public health organizations switch to using genomic data for testing, searching through genomic data can still take some time. Y Combinator-backed startup, One Codex, wants to help researchers, clinicians and public health officials, who have sequenced more than 100,000 genomes and …

Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Democratize Full Genome Sequencing

GeneHub is offering whole genome sequencing for $3,490, but are consumers ready to buy?<p>Would you pay $3,490 to know your full genomic makeup?<p>GeneHub, a San Francisco startup, plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign Tuesday, offering consumers the whole genome sequencing typically reserved for …

Ashkenazi Jewish population has distinctive, yet similar genomes | Ars Technica

Post-population bottleneck, descendants of Eastern European Jews are all 30th-ish cousins.<p>Ashkenazi Jews hail from Eastern Europe—"Ashkenaz" is the …

Not-So-Personalized Medicine

Jack E. James, who appears to hail from either Reykjavik University in Iceland or the National University of Ireland in Galway, or both, kindly sent …

Center for Genetics and Society

Editing DNA could be genetic medicine breakthrough

A new way to make powerful changes at will to the DNA of humans, other animals and plants, much like how a writer changes words in a story, could usher in a transformation in genetic medicine.<p>Scientists are not just excited about this recently discovered technique because it can snip and edit DNA …

Instant Chemistry, SingldOut: How online dating sites use DNA to make matches.

Over the centuries, physics, chemistry, and biology have transformed what once was seen as mysterious or even magical—the rotation of the stars, …

Center for Genetics and Society

Drew Endy: The iGEM Revolution

Massively collaborative synthetic biology<p>Natural genomes are nearly impossible to figure out, Endy began, because they were evolved, not designed. …

Some see an ethical minefield. She sees a genetic revolution. Meet the head of 23andMe

But I think fundamentally everyone thinks about prevention, and to be honest I think people who have a single-payer system think about prevention a …

Legitimizing Racist Science, Naturalizing Health Disparities

On August 15, I attended the first part of an all-day event commemorating the work of Troy Duster, a sociologist who documents the relationship …

DIY Plastic Surgery: Can You Change Your Face Without Going Under the Knife?

New devices catching on primarily among teens in Asia claim to slim noses, give instant facelifts, and improve smiles. But are these products crazy …

23andMe Is Terrifying, But Not for the Reasons the FDA Thinks

If there’s a gene for hubris, the 23andMe crew has certainly got it. Last Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the …

The Cost of Identity in the Personal Data Economy

<b>I sync, therefore I am.</b><p>Every tweet. Every post. Every search. Every movement. Every action or word pushed to the digital sphere creates a portrait of your identity. The advent of Google Glass and similar technologies also means your preference towards privacy and posting becomes irrelevant …

Personal Data