Nanoparticles in Consumer Products Could Be Damaging Your DNA

Masses of products—from cosmetics to clothing—now contain nanoparticles, to kill microbes, lengthen shelf life or provide other wonderful properties. But new research from MIT and Harvard suggests they could also be damaging your DNA. Read More >>

DNA Nanobots Turn Cockroaches Into Living, 8-Bit Computers

We already have the potential to reconfigure DNA into itty bitty bio-computers programmed to do our bidding. But now, scientists have used high numbers of those nanobots to successfully complete logic operations inside of actual, living organisms. Say hello to the computerised cockroach. Read More >>

These Eerily Accurate Mugshots Were Created From DNA Alone

Everyone knows that DNA can be invaluable when it comes to solving crimes. But now genetic analysis can be used to generate incredibly precise mugshots of criminals, too. Read More >>

The Fascinating History of Eugenics

The name deriving from the Greek "eugenes," meaning "well-born," it should be no surprise that "eugenics" seeks to engineer a better human race by purposefully selecting good traits, and eliminating bad ones, as is common when breeding animals. Over the years, eugenics has had a number of proponents, from some of the greatest and most admired thinkers in western civilisation to the worst human monsters to ever walk the earth. Read More >>

These Machines are Revolutionising Human Genome Sequencing

the first human genome was decoded at a cost of $3 billion, scientists have been pushing for  a system that can process thousands of genomes at a fraction of the cost. Today, Illumina unveiled a set of machines that do just that. For geneticists and medical researchers, this is a monumental moment. Read More >>

Experimental Lab Horse Meat May Have Entered the UK Food Chain

The latest twist in the horse meat scandal is unfolding in France, where horses used in medical laboratories are believed to have been illegally sold on for human consumption. And some may have made it into our bloody lasagne again. Read More >>

A Crash Course in How Genomes are Sequenced

Everyone's heard of DNA, genetics and genome sequencing, but you might not actually know exactly how scientists go about making it all happen. This TED Ed video explains, nicely and simply, how it works. Read More >>

Would You Eat This Cheese Made from Human Armpit Sweat?

Folks often shy away from fancy cheese because it smells like feet. But what if the cheese was actually made from feet—or rather, the bacteria that makes your feet stink? A couple of bio-hacker artists decided to explore that possibility. And it sounds really gross. Read More >>

Breasts Age Faster Than the Rest of a Woman's Body

The breasts of women seem to age more quickly than the rest of their body, according to new research which uses DNA analysis of tissue and blood to measure the rate of cell decline. Read More >>

Discovery of DNA "Biological Clock" Could Get Us Closer to Immortality

The identification of the DNA markers associated with ageing has brought us one step closer to the ever-elusive Fountain of Youth. UCLA geneticist Steve Horvath just published details about the discovery, and says that this could actually lead to drugs that reverse the process of ageing. Read More >>

Monitoring Gene Activity Across Thousands of Cells Sure Is Pretty

Scientists have developed a new technique which allows them to visualise gene activity in thousands of cells, simultaneously. That will allow them to understand how our cells function like never before—and it looks damn pretty, too. Read More >>

Engineers Have Invented a Programming Language to Build DNA

Forget Python and Java. Ruby? Get outta here. If you're gonna learn to write code, you better make it useful—so why not one that builds DNA when you run it? Read More >>

Scientists Ditch Guns For Lasers to Insert DNA Into Cells

Step one in any project involving genetic modification is to get the genes you want into the cells you want changed. Traditionally, this meant shooting microscopic DNA-coated bullets at the cells and hoping the DNA got inside without blowing the cells to smithereens. It sounds messy, and it is. Now, researchers in South Korea have devised a super-precise method for inserting DNA into cells, and it's powered by lasers. Read More >>

Sequence Your DNA In an Hour on This Tiny Chip

Diagnosing genetic disorders and devising personalised therapies just got a lot easier, or at least quicker. Panasonic and Belgian research lab IMEC have created a small chip that tests DNA in under an hour. Read More >>

DNA Is The Linux Of The Natural World

We probably all vaguely assume that computers will overthrow us someday, which may be why it's so unsettling to learn that computer code is evolving much like genetic code. By comparing bacterial genomes to Linux, researchers have found "survival of the fittest" acting in computer programming. Read More >>

New DNA-Based Transistor Brings Us One Step Closer to True Human Computers

The increasingly ambiguous divide between man and machine just got blurred that much more with Stanford's recent announcement: scientists have successfully created the first truly biological transistor made entirely out of genetic material. Read More >>


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