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What You Should Know About Psychiatric Genetic Testing

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Managing medication for a mental illness can be a drawn-out, trial-and-error process for many patients. Now, the growing field of psychiatric genetic ...

New Funding To Combat Rape Kit Backlog Just A Stepping Stone, Not A Solution

Adam Banner | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Adam Banner

Reports say that there are more than 70,000 untested rape kits warehoused by 1,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States. The cause of the backlog must be addressed. There are innocents without defense. Victims without justice. Public safety at risk. It is a travesty.

Kuwait To Make DNA Testing Mandatory For All Residents

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 07.14.2015 | World

In an effort to curb terrorism and violence, Kuwait will soon require all permanent residents to register their DNA with the government. The plan, ...

The Wonders of DNA

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

DNA can help us connect to our ancestors in a way that a name on a census record can't by connecting us to living cousins, descendants of our ancestors, people who are living today, people we can contact and share research with, people who can help us in our common search for knowledge about our shared ancestry.

Policymakers Must Help Unleash The Potential of DNA Forensics

Steven Blumenfeld | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Steven Blumenfeld

While some policymakers may be tempted to treat DNA forensic capabilities as a panacea for criminal investigations, the evolution of DNA forensics may also represent a Pandora's box of ethical, privacy, legal and financial concerns that require deep consideration.

On the Trail of the Somerton Man

Derek Abbott | Posted 06.05.2015 | Science
Derek Abbott

Was he poisoned or did he die accidentally? Why were the labels removed from his clothes? Was he a secret agent or a jilted lover? Intriguingly, a slip of paper was found in one of his pockets with the printed words "Tamám Shud," meaning "ended" or "finished" in Persian.

The Blurred Lines of Genetic Data: Practicality, Pleasure and Policing

Jessica Cussins | Posted 05.11.2015 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

A new rumor is spreading that Apple may be leveraging its ubiquity to encourage iPhone owners to participate in DNA testing, perhaps to bulk up the medical data-collecting capabilities of its ResearchKit.

For Startups, the Most Important Question Is Why? What the San Francisco Tech Market Taught a Swiss Brand Consultant

Dr. Alexander Haldemann | Posted 06.27.2015 | Small Business
Dr. Alexander Haldemann

The numbers don't lie: more than 75% of venture-backed startups fail. The most common reason? Failure to understand target-audience motivations and to communicate effectively to them.

Adoptee Access to Birth Certificates Protects Their Parents' Privacy

Mirah Riben | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

As the nation watches the Indiana battle between religious freedom and discrimination against same sex couples, there is another, little known civil rights battle playing out in the Hoosier state.

Shelter Dogs In California Find Forever Homes Faster Thanks To DNA Tests

The Associated Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it'...

The Truth Behind Your Supplements

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

A study will support the benefit of certain supplements in one type of patient but show harm when the same supplements are taken by another group or people with different medical conditions. The key is to know the difference.

Mexico: DNA Tests Unable To Match Missing Students To Remains

AP | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors said Tuesday that an Austrian forensics lab has been unable to find any more DNA that could be used by conven...

Commercial DNA Testing May Cause Harm, Scientific Studies Show (if You Read Through to the Study Limitations at the End)

Cecile Janssens | Posted 02.21.2015 | Science
Cecile Janssens

"No evidence of harm" is not the same as "evidence of no harm." All studies had serious limitations that may have made the results more positive than justified, which the researchers often acknowledged.

Dear Governor Beebe: Please Bring Belynda Home for the Holidays

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

To the police, Belynda wasn't a victim. She wasn't a stunned and grieving widow with three children. She was a suspect. No, she was worse. In their eyes, she was the perpetrator.

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part II)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 01.17.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

DNA testing can sometimes provide truly miraculous results for adoptees wishing to pursue information about their birthparents.

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part 1)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

An adopted person can -- sometimes -- be fortunate enough to find the identity of their biological mother and father through one of the major commercial DNA tests available today. And they can potentially learn quite a lot from it.

Learning To Use Genomics Safely, To Improve Children's Health

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

The National Institutes of Health has funded four pilot projects to explore the use of genome sequencing in health care of newborns. Over the next several years, these pilot projects will yield useful information that will help us assess the potential for genome sequencing, its value in health care, and its ethical dimensions.

Throwback Thursday: How a DNA Test Broke an Immigration Officer's Heart

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Covered in torture scars, Alonzo fled to the United States, leaving five children behind. After winning political asylum, Alonzo filed visa petitions for his children to join him. The children's fates thus landed in my very inexperienced hands.

Pet Bobcat Gets To Stay In Jersey Despite Escaping Last Time

AP | Posted 05.17.2014 | Weird News

STAFFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rocky's mother was 98 percent bobcat. But because a DNA test couldn't determine the 38-pound feline's father's lineage, a jud...

How I Opened A Pandora's Box With A DNA-Testing Kit

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.17.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Just because you can do something doesn't mean you necessarily should, right? I'm in one of those on-the-fence places right now because I've just gotten the results back from a DNA-testing kit that I used for my two children adopted from China.

Google-Backed Genetics Company Slammed With $5 Million Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

Genetic testing company 23andMe has been slammed with a $5 million lawsuit less than a week after the Federal Drug Administration ordered the company ...

The Marvelous Helix: From DNA to Astrophysical Jets

Mario Livio | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

The Vela pulsar is not the only astronomical object exhibiting a helical jet. Evidence for such jets has been observed in other pulsars and in active galactic nuclei. The latter represent supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies.

Radley Balko

U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation's executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a ...

Will Genetic Testing Soon Be A Delivery Room Standard?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents

Researchers will spend $25 million in federal funds over the next five years assessing the effectiveness and ethical implications of making genetic te...

Children of the Condemned

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Mounting evidence, including DNA tests the State had fought for more than a decade, strongly supports his claim of innocence. Yet Skinner came within 45 minutes of execution in 2010 and almost died three times this year due to an often-fatal illness.