DNA

Your DNA probably didn’t make you do it

Judges and juries aren’t swayed by genetics.<p>In March, an episode of <i>Law & Order SVU</i> dove into murky scientific waters when it introduced a character claiming to have a gene that made him commit sexual assault. The story was never clear on what specific gene had supposedly doomed the defendant to …

Science

So, you want to get your DNA sequenced? Here's everything you need to know.

There's no arguing that your mood, weight, metabolism, immune system, hormone, and overall health are—at least to some degree—influenced by your DNA. …

Life Sciences

What the Genomics Revolution Means for Your Health

News on genomics is common these days: from gene editing that can, for example, create so-called “designer babies,” to precision treatments for …

Digital Health

Faith in DNA: Arrest of Gary Schara in 1992 killing of Lisa Ziegert shows evolution of science in criminal investigations

Long before it would ever be used to identify a suspect in her daughter's homicide, Dianne "Dee" Ziegert said she had faith in the evolving science …

Crime

Latest sports giveaway—DNA testing kits—is a terrible idea, experts say

Any football fans who were hoping to see the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns and to find out what variant of the ACTN3 gene they have went …

Life Sciences

Butterfly wing patterns altered with CRISPR offer insights into evolution of biodiversity

The studies focused on two genes previously identified as being key in butterfly wing pattern development. Called <i>WntA</i> and <i>optix</i> the researchers have …

Science

Save-your-life test for $25,000 draws rich patients and skeptics

Craig Venter has got a deal for you. For $25,000, he'll sell you a complete genome sequence, a full-body MRI scan, a cardio CT scan, bone densitometry, cognitive testing and more, all in the hope of discovering a lurking tumor or brain abnormality -- and nipping it in the bud.<p>"We're driving a …

Life Sciences

Football Fans Were Going To Get Free DNA Tests — Until Health Officials Stepped In

At the Baltimore Ravens v. Cleveland Browns game on Sunday, a biotech startup had planned to hand out out tens of thousands of free genetic tests. But the promotion was axed at the last minute after questions from the Maryland health department.<p>A biotech startup called Orig3n and the Baltimore …

Life Sciences

A DNA Test Giveaway at a Baltimore Ravens Game Turned Into a Fiasco

You may have never wondered what’s in the DNA of a football fan, but the Baltimore Ravens planned to find out. As part of a bizarre game-day …

Life Sciences

'DNA Day' at Ravens' game was postponed by federal agency seeking more certification

An event offering free DNA test kits to Ravens fans at Sunday’s game was postponed after a federal agency alerted the state that a lab needed …

Government

Method that Maps DNA Tags Reveals New Types of Neurons

A new technique classifies neurons by surveying chemical tags that turn genes on or off on the neurons’ DNA1. The approach represents a new way to …

Neuroscience

This microscopic robot could be a minuscule medical marvel

Taking Care of Nanobusiness<p>Robots can do what humans can’t—travel through space for huge distances, clean up the life-threatening nuclear waste, and …

Robots

DNA 'robots' could sort molecules in your blood

Robots are already good at sorting things, so wouldn't it be nice if they could sort things out on a much smaller scale? They might soon. Caltech researchers have developed a 'robot' made from a single DNA strand that autonomously picks up molecules and moves them to specific places. It certainly …

Technology

Cofactor Genomics pulls in $18 million with the aim to save lives through RNA research

Cofactor Genomics has announced an $18 million Series A financing round led by Menlo Ventures, with participation from DCVC, Ascension Ventures, iSelect, Y Combinator, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Stanford.<p>The startup, formulated by a team of past Human Genome Project scientists, came out …

Startups

CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns

One gene draws the lines while a second fills in the colours.<p>The brilliant, intricate patterns on butterfly wings — from haunting eye spots to …

Genetics

AI and Sophia Genetics could be the key to diagnosing your illness

Why it matters to you<p>Doctors have a new tool with which to diagnose your illnesses -- artificial intelligence.<p>If Dr. Gregory House were a real …

Artificial Intelligence

Genomes are revelatory in ways we have yet to grasp

The book of life, spelt out in our DNA, is becoming a modern Book of Revelations. Craig Venter, the entrepreneur who helped to sequence the human …

Life Sciences

BTS Breaks It Down In Colorful & Energetic ‘DNA’ Music Video — Watch

Don’t call it a comeback! BTS dropped the music video for ‘DNA’ off their long-awaited new album, ‘Love Yourself: Her’, and it’s totally on fire. We …

Celebrity Gossip

BTS Reinvent Themselves On Candy-Coated EDM Banger "DNA"

<b>BTS Brings 'The Wings Tour' To LA: Review</b><p>BTS is the hottest act in K-Pop. We review their dazzling 'Wings Tour.'<p>MORE >><p>The biggest boy band in the …

Music

23andMe is getting serious about drug development — and it could signal a fresh approach to finding new medicines

• <b>23andMe, a company known for its consumer genetics test, is also looking to develop new drugs.</b>• <b><br>The company raised $250 million on Tuesday, and the funding will in part go toward drug development.</b>• <b><br>While drug development and consumer genetics tests might seem like vastly different businesses, the link</b> …

Business

Novel Genetic Mutation Discovered in Parkinson's Disease Patient

<i>Summary: Researchers have identified a novel genetic mutation linked to Parkinson’s disease. The researchers note the mutation is not found in the</i> …

Neuroscience

Ravens call off 'DNA Day' as biotech firm talks to state

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens announced they've rescheduled "DNA Day" about 2 1/2 hours before the kickoff of their home opener.<p>The Ravens had …

Life Sciences

Scientists may be able to discover new drugs by 'challenging' organisms with clusters of random chemistry

I was cutting my grass when the battery in my iPod died.<p>Instead of enjoying the distraction of music, my brain switched to its usual nerd mode of thinking about molecules. Within a few passes of cut grass, I was pondering the biggest “Why not?” of my scientific career: Could we discover new drugs …

Biology

Scientists Build DNA Robots That Could One Day Deliver Medicine Inside Your Body

Nanotechnology—the study of tiny structures ranging from 0.1 to 100nm—is still in its infancy, but that doesn’t stop researchers from striving hard …

Robots

Experiences in Childhood Can Alter Your DNA For The Rest of Your Life

It could even make you prone to illness.<p>Childhood is a defining period in anybody's life, but for many of us it seems those early life experiences …

Science

The reason a calorie-restricted diet extends your lifespan is in your genes

You've probably seen some headlines in recent years heralding the correlation between a lowered caloric intake and increased lifespan. The topic has …

Longevity

Tiny nanoscale-tidying robots are made from a single strand of DNA

Why it matters to you<p>A DNA robot is a proof of concept for future nanoscale robots that can help tidy up our bodies from the inside.<p>Imagine a more …

Robots

Would You Take A DNA Test At An NFL Game? The Baltimore Ravens Want You To

Fans attending the Baltimore Ravens’ home opener on Sunday will be leaving more than empty cups, nacho tins, and possibly their team spirit when they …

Consumer News

A US Genetic Testing Company Just Screwed Up 50,000 Cancer Screenings

As fun as it is to find out where your great-great-great grandparents came from, the real promise of genetic testing is in the realm of disease. By …

Life Sciences

Caltech researchers develop nanorobot made of a single DNA strand that can sort molecules

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a nanorobot using a single DNA strand that can pick up certain molecules and drop them off …

Technology (India)