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By Emily Baumgaertner | 10.04.2018

Within the Defense Department, one agency’s recent project sounds futuristic: millions of insects carrying viruses descend upon crops and then genetically modify them to withstand droughts, floods and foreign attacks, ensuring a permanently secure food supply.

But in a warning...

By Sarah Russo, The Technoskeptic [Cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 08.01.2018

A common belief of technocentrism is that if we have the ability, why not use it? The rapid advancements in genetic testing requires ongoing public awareness. Direct-to-consumer companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com get access to users’ DNA, which is used...

It was an extraordinary political proposal: Approve a $3 billion bond measure to fund the cutting-edge science of stem cell...

The Spanish Consulate in Kiev is examining the cases of 30 Spanish families currently in Ukraine and who are unable...

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By Jamie Williams AND Hayley Tsukayama, Electronic Frontier Foundation | 09.28.2018

California's kids now have common-sense protections against unwarranted DNA collection. Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed A.B. 1584, a...

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By Michael Nedelman, CNN | 09.25.2018

Researchers have rendered a population of mosquitoes in a lab sterile using the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 by homing in on...

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By Catherine Bliss, Zocalo Public Square | 09.25.2018

Over the past 25 years, we’ve become surprisingly comfortable with the idea that genes play a large role in our...

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By Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic | 09.25.2018

Genetic-ancestry tests are having a moment. Look no further than Spotify: On Thursday, the music-streaming service—as in, the service used...

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By Nathaniel Comfort, Nature | 09.25.2018

It’s never a good time for another bout of genetic determinism, but it’s hard to imagine a worse one than...

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By Rob Stein, National Public Radio | 09.24.2018

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive...

Half-put together puzzle depicting strands of DNA, in a spotlight
By Linda Geddes, The Guardian | 09.21.2018

Evie Walker sits on her mother’s lap, playing a game she never grows tired of: turning her mother’s hand over...

Woman in lab coat looking at test tubes
By Greg Hampikian, The New York Times | 09.21.2018
Before you give the police a DNA sample, read an alarming new study of crime laboratories published this summer, the...