Creepy Ads Use Litterbugs’ DNA to Shame Them Publicly

by jeeg 18. May 2015 21:05
  Next time you’re about to toss a cigarette butt on the ground, consider this freaky fact: It takes less than a nanogram (or less than one billionth of the mass of a penny) of your dried saliva for scientists to construct a digital portrait that bears an uncanny resemblance to your... [More]

The NBA’s Dystopian, DNA-Testing Future

by jeeg 22. April 2015 22:17
The NBA’s new drug testing policy will allow for a lot more than just checking for juiced up players. It could allow for tracking each player’s every move—from a drive to the basket, to a drive to a girlfriend’s house. Sound far-fetched? Owners are saying they want it t... [More]

DNA Testing Is a Slippery Slope

by jeeg 14. April 2015 23:01
Money shark Mark Cuban set off a firestorm on Twitter after recommending blood tests for “everything available.” Genetic testing has value, but it’s not for commercial use. Let’s say you have a whole lot of money. Let’s say you have so much money that, even a... [More]

Senator proposes DNA sampling -- of some middle school kids

by jeeg 13. April 2015 21:46
  An Alaska state senator suggested in a hearing Tuesday that criminal behavior -- and the need for future DNA testing -- could be predicted as early as middle school. Sen. Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, offered what he called a “completely seat of the pants” observation at a Senat... [More]

Fetal DNA tests prove highly accurate but experts warn of exceptions

by jeeg 2. April 2015 20:48
  A Roche blood test to screen fetuses for Down syndrome worked far better than standard prenatal screening tests in younger, low-risk women, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, setting the stage for more widespread use. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is th... [More]

Technician, boss in SFPD lab scandal flunked DNA skills exam

by jeeg 31. March 2015 22:34
  The San Francisco police crime-lab technician and a supervisor implicated in alleged misconduct that could jeopardize hundreds of criminal cases failed a DNA proficiency exam last year and were barred from processing evidence, documents show. Police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday that author... [More]

A New Facebook App Wants To Test Your DNA

by jeeg 31. March 2015 22:30
  A medical research study launched Tuesday aims to screen the genes of at least 20,000 people. Part of a surging tide of genetic research, this project would be unremarkable if not for the place it’s recruiting and communicating with volunteers: Facebook. The scientists behind the pr... [More]

How DNA Is Turning Us Into a Nation of Suspects

by jeeg 11. March 2015 23:50
  Every dystopian sci-fi film we’ve ever seen is suddenly converging into this present moment in a dangerous trifecta between science, technology and a government that wants to be all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful. By tapping into your phone lines and cell phone communications,... [More]

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

by jeeg 30. January 2015 21:54
  The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up. At the heart of the "precision medicine" initiative, announc... [More]

Law Enforcement Investigation Tools Expand Beyond DNA to Bacteria

by jeeg 28. January 2015 19:53
  For the past five years, forensic scientists have been taking advantage of their ability to collect Touch DNA, small samples of DNA from evidence that has been handled by suspects. Items such as vehicle steering wheels, gun grips, door handles, and victim’s clothing have provided val... [More]
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