4. December 2012 01:44
On Nov. 1, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a startling -- and unnecessary -- opinion eroding DNA privacy for Ohio citizens. The court held that the Fourth Amendment does not protect an individual's personal DNA profile. In the court's words, "[a] person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in hi... [More]
8. November 2012 23:59
Colman Chadam has been allowed to return to his middle school after officials ordered him to transfer out because of his genetic makeup.
The 11-year-old California boy was told last month that he had to transfer from Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto to another one miles away -- because he carries ... [More]
6. November 2012 22:44
With a few quick clicks, Mark Szczepanski uploads the file from his desktop to a simple, red-and-white web page. A few seconds later, a bar graphic turns green.
If Szczepanski was a police officer, he might have just found a rape suspect.
He was using a test version of a new cloud-based DNA ... [More]
21. September 2012 00:23
Before they are even a week old, ninety-eight percent of the 4.3 million babies born annually in the United States have a small sample of blood taken from their heels. These newborn bloodspots (NBS) are then screened by state agencies for a variety of inherited conditions and may later be stored in ... [More]
20. September 2012 01:27
A laptop theft from last week may have placed the personal information of about 13,000 current and previous clinical trial participants from about 50 different studies at risk, says Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Terry Lynam with North Shore-LIJ Health System says that some of the cli... [More]
25. June 2012 19:43
MADONNA reportedly has a "sterilisation team" tasked with wiping away traces of the Material Girl so fans can't steal her DNA.
The music legend apparently orders workers to complete an extreme clean of all her dressing rooms on tour so that any hair, skin or saliva belonging to the 53-year-ol... [More]
22. June 2012 02:01
It was a low-tech burglary. No one thought that it would blossom into a high-tech security breach.
All it took was a rock — a simple, inanimate, probably centuries-old rock. An enterprising thief picked it up, cocked his arm and tossed it through the window of a Sutter Health office b... [More]
19. June 2012 01:03
The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for prosecutors to use expert testimony about DNA laboratory reports at trial without allowing defendants to confront and question the forensic analysts involved in the tests.
By a 5-4 vote, the high court refused to add to a string of decisions since 20... [More]
19. June 2012 00:49
Personally, I would have been perfectly happy to have been one of the volunteers for the Human Microbiome Project, in which researchers took a detailed census of all the bacteria, fungi and other microscopic life within us.
Nor would I care if the contents of my innards were published for all to se... [More]
31. May 2012 20:55
PEOPLE tested for predisposition to a genetic disease will no longer have a say in whether their results are given to their close relatives, under proposed changes to NSW laws.
The NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, has introduced legislation to allow doctors to inform a patient's blood relative... [More]