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Dna Sequencing

DNA Sequencing Holds Center Stage

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

The death of British biochemist Fred Sanger last week gives us a reason to reflect on one of his two discoveries that earned him the Nobel Prize: a method to sequence the genetic code of a segment of DNA.

Genetic Testing: It's Complicated

Adam Marsh | Posted 10.24.2013 | Science
Adam Marsh

As the promise of personalized medicine attracts more and more attention in the medical profession, those hopes are being pinned on your DNA.

Gene-Screening Advance Promises Convenience But Raises Ethical Concerns

| Posted 06.07.2012 | Science

By Kai Kupferschmidt What if you could read much of your child's medical future while it was still in the womb? Taking a major step toward that goa...

Time for Another Human Genome Project?

Andrew Hessel | Posted 05.14.2012 | Science
Andrew Hessel

The scientific charge to read a human genome started gaining traction 25 years ago. Now it may be time to think about writing one.

A Secret Code in All of Us

Anne Wojcicki | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Anne Wojcicki

I feel giddy about the potential genetic discoveries in the coming decade. It's an incredibly exciting time. Questions that have circled in my head for 32 years may soon get more clarity.

Hogwash About the Singularity Is Here

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Neil S. Greenspan

There is no basis at present for believing that medical interventions based on postulated but not-yet-realized nanobots will perform their duties without the side-effects associated with every other therapeutic agent ever employed.

Venter's Celebrity Bacterium: The Faucet Drip That Would Be a Monsoon

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The Craig Venter endeavor was expensive, glitzy -- and banal. My advice to bioethicists is to save their energy for truly fearsome items.