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May 31 update: The California Senate passed SB1190 unanimously and it will move on to the Assembly. More news to come.

April 17 update: SB 1190 was unanimously approved by a California Senate committee, and will next be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Check back for more news.

April 10 update: See a fact sheet on SB 1190, the Forced Sterilization Compensation Act, with a full list of supporting organizations.

California finally has the opportunity to right a wrong...

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The use of DNA for forensic purposes is long overdue for reassessment. The alleged identification of the so-called “Golden State Killer” (also known by several other nicknames) may just be sparking debates that have been needed for decades, about the law, privacy, databases, and the reliability of DNA evidence.

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As appalling as it sounds today, the practice of sterilizing mentally ill women and men to prevent them from passing...

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What do recent advances in molecular genetics have to do with human rights? Quite a lot, it turns out. And...

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Gallup released its annual Values and Beliefs survey on June 4th. This is the 18th year in which Gallup has...

In late April, news broke that police used a public genealogy database to identify a suspect in the “Golden State...

It’s time again for the one sporting event that has literally stopped wars. Beginning on June 14, the World Cup...

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In our human genome, there are many elusive genetic variants related to medical conditions, but the impact of these variants to actually cause a disease has not been conclusively determined -- or ruled out.

In other words, the impact...

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Rita Adele Steyn's mother had a double mastectomy in her 40s because she had so many lumps in her breasts. Her first cousin died of breast cancer. And Steyn's sister is going through chemotherapy for the disease now. Steyn worries...

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The business of personal genetic-testing kits is booming, with consumers able to learn about their ancestry and health risks at the cost of just $99 to a few hundred dollars. Should you be afraid?

Some individuals worry they will discover...

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In the name of journalism, I have spit into a lot of test tubes.

I’ve sent samples of my saliva to Ancestry and 23andMe Inc. to find out about my heritage; mailed my spit to Helix for insight into my...

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