Tag: DNA

Blog Posts (5)

May 19, 2011

Will Your Child Be a Baller or a Putter? Good Thing There's a Genetic Test for That.

As reported in the Washington Post today, at least two new companies are marketing tests that can identify “sports genes” for your child long before they kick their first soccer ball or pick up a racket.…

April 13, 2009

Abraham Lincoln: the Brains to be a Book Agent

Lincoln had cancer and he was about to die, right before the bullet got him first. Or at least I think so.…

September 9, 2008

Whose DNA Would You Send into Space?

Stephen Colbert’s DNA is going to be sent to the International Space Station where it will rest for perpetuity come this October, says the AP.…

December 10, 2007

A cheek swab! Oh, you shouldn't have!

We were so relieved to find out there’s still time to order a “DNA Portrait” holiday gift kit. For $390 (and up) a company called DNA11 will turn a DNA sample taken from a cheek swab into art (example above).…

September 19, 2007

New report: UK needs better guidelines for its forensic DNA database

The report is from the Nuffield Council and it calls for a number of changes to the way law enforcement agencies in the UK handle genetic information.…

Published Articles (5)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 7 - Jul 2009

Research 2.0: Social Networking and Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) Genomics

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 6 - Jun 2009

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ?Research 2.0: Social Networking and Direct-to-Consumer Personal Genomics?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 6 - Jun 2009

Research 2.0: Social Networking and Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) Genomics

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 7 - Jul 2009

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ?Research 2.0: Social Networking and Direct-to-Consumer Personal Genomics?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 4 Issue 2 - Jun 2004

Pure Glenn-fiditch. Review of Glenn McGee, Beyond Genetics: Putting the Power of DNA to Work in Your Life

News (4)

January 30, 2014 4:57 pm

How much Neanderthal DNA do you have? Lots

Many of the genes that help determine most people’s skin and hair are more Neanderthal than not, according to two new studies that look at the DNA fossils hidden in the modern human genome.

August 20, 2012 7:15 pm

Search For Parkinson's Genes Turns To Online Social Networking (NPR (blog))

For a few hundred dollars and a vial of spit, these companies will search your DNA for sequences that predict your physical traits, your response to certain drugs and your risk for any number of diseases.  One such company, California-based 23andMe, is attempting to use the data to do something different: search for new genes linked to Parkinson’s disease. The company, which calls itself the world’s first genetics-based social network, has collected more than 125,000 DNA samples from customers.  Criticism of direct-to-consumer genetics companies is nothing new. Many have questioned the ethics of delivering genetic information directly to the consumer, as well as the value and the accuracy of the genetic risks they report.

April 24, 2012 10:46 am

Violence ages children's DNA, shortens their chromosomes (USA Today)

Conventional wisdom says that hardship can make us old before our time. In fact, a new study suggests that violence leaves long-term scars on children’s bodies — not just in bruises on the skin, but also altering their DNA, causing changes that are equivalent to seven to 10 years of premature aging. Scientists measured this cellular aging by studying the ends of children’s chromosomes, called telomeres, according to Idan Shalev, lead author of a study in today’s Molecular Psychiatry.

April 23, 2012 5:52 pm

Synthetic DNA Created, Evolves on Its Own (National Geographic)

Step aside, DNA—new synthetic compounds called XNAs can also store and copy genetic information, a new study says. And, in a “big advancement,” these artificial compounds can also be made to evolve in the lab, according to study co-author John Chaput of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.