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Technologies

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The fertility regulator has called for DNA testing websites to warn customers about the risks of uncovering traumatic family secrets...

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Labour is calling for a ban on parents-to-be being told the sex of their baby after early blood tests, amid...

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In many ways, Matt Fender, a 32-year-old resident of New York City, is the prototypical 23andMe customer: tech-savvy, educated, a...

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The promise of a sequenced genome is like a wrapped present, containing exactly what you always wanted but never knew...

Policies

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Kylie Charles spent years carefully weighing the pros and cons of genetic testing until her curiosity got the better of...

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THE SEARCH for the so-called Golden State Killer — who allegedly raped dozens of women and killed at least 12...

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U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly...

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The Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ recent endorsement of human genome editing has drawn fire from experts – including at least...

Society

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They tell us race is an invention.

That there is more genetic variation between two black people than there is...

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LAST SPRING, Paul Strode gave an unusual survey to his advanced biology students at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado....

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The dramatic pace of scientific discoveries in recent decades has not only led to remarkable improvements in domains such as...

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From the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep, to the FDA's approval of BiDil as the first race-specific medication to...

Perspectives

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In recent years, scientists have begun using the gene editing tool Crispr to experiment in the laboratory with altering embryos...

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I was 15 in 1978 when Louise Joy Brown’s birth captured the world’s attention. Still new to monthly menstrual cycles,...

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A lawsuit filed by a Toronto woman against a fertility clinic that she claims was responsible for the loss of...

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It was AncestryDNA’s customer-service rep who had to break the news to Catherine St Clair.

For her part, St...

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