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Before You Take a Mail-In DNA Test, Brace Yourself for Family Secrets

Like many people, Barbara Greenberg wasn’t looking to unlock any deep, dark family secrets when she spit into a tube a few years ago and sent her DNA off to be analyzed. “I was just curious to see if I would find anything a bit interesting,” Greenberg says.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Keep the FBI From Accessing Your FamilyTreeDNA Results

If you want to keep your DNA data out of the hands of law enforcement, avoiding GEDmatch isn’t enough. Family Tree DNA recently admitted it allows law enforcement to use their service, and is actively working with the FBI on at least a handful of cases.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Don’t Use DNA Tests to Make Decisions About Your Dog’s Health

You can swab the inside of your dog’s cheek to find out whether they have any genes linked to certain canine diseases—but it may be best if you don’t. These services have flaws similar to those of human DNA tests, including false positives and false negatives. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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‘DNA Repairing’ Sunscreens Might Actually Work

The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is dangerous to our skin cells because it damages our DNA. That’s why sun exposure can cause cancer, and why sunscreen is so important (even apart from its power to prevent sunburns). There are sunscreens that claim they can help your skin repair that damage—and, it turns out, they…Read more… Continue […]

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Miami city commissioner to Ultra Music Festival: pay $2M annual fee to city to renew Bayfront Park contract, or relocate

Ultra Music Festival organizers will face a steep price tag if they wish to keep Miami’s veteran music event in its longtime location of Bayfront Park in the years to come. The Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA) circulated a petition in July 2017 that called on Miami’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to return access to […]

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Public DNA Databases Are Now Crawling With Law Enforcement and We Better Get Used to It

Law enforcement and genetic genealogists didn’t waste any time after public DNA databases led to the Golden State Killer suspect last month. A forensics company announced a service to do this analysis en masse, and the DNA database GEDmatch has already changed its privacy policy to allow for its use by law…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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What Is CRISPR and What Can It Really Do?

A DNA-editing technique called CRISPR keeps popping up in the news, in one medical breakthrough after another. In theory, CRISPR can find any problem area in DNA, snip it out, and replace it with a fresh set of nucleotides. But in real life, that cut-and-paste job isn’t always straightforward.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Golden State Killer Suspect’s DNA Was in a Publicly Available Database, and Yours Might Be Too

Remember when we all got a little creeped out that genetic testing companies can be forced to turn over your data to law enforcement? Ah, those were simpler times. Police found the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer this week thanks in part to a relative’s sample in a publicly available DNA database. […]

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Massive Attack celebrate 20th anniversary of iconic ‘Mezzanine’ by encoding the album into DNA

Legendary Bristol duo Massive Attack are bringing their music where it has never gone before. In fact, music has never been stored in such a way. Daddy G and 3D are encoding their seminal album Mezzanine in DNA to celebrate the iconic record’s 20th anniversary. Assisted by scientists at ETH Zurich, led by Professor Robert Grass, magnetic nanocarrier […]

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Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA Did Not ‘Change in Space’ the Way You Think

It seems like pure science fiction. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly goes to space for nearly a year, comes back, and suddenly has turned into a mutant with different DNA from his twin. As Newsweek wrote, his DNA “changed in space.”Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Slandering Of Elizabeth Warren: “Pocahontas” Must Take A “Spit Test”

The Berkshire Eagle suggested yesterday that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren take a “spit test” in order to prove (or disprove) her Native American heritage. This ridiculous suggestion is referring to one of those DNA identifiers which lets a person know their heritage and genetic makeup. …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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The ‘DNA App for Couples’ Knows My Kids’ Hair Color

In science, replication is important. One experiment can be a fluke, but if you get the same results over and over, you know you’re getting close to the truth. So when a DNA app called BabyGlimpse said it could predict what my children would look like, I was ready. I have three children, so I […]

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Genetically Engineering Yourself Sounds Like a Horrible Idea—But This Guy Is Doing It Anyway

Josiah Zayner took a swig from his beer and squinted into the spotlight. He was already kind of drunk. He also hadn’t bothered to write a speech. Tattooed and heavily pierced with a shock of blue-gray hair, he shuffled around uneasily on stage. But 150-odd people had flown in from around the country to hear […]

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