After the Golden State Killer's Apprehension, People Are Concerned About the Privacy of Genetic Tests. They Shouldn't Be.
The Joseph DeAngelo case has raised concerns about the privacy of data produced by consumer genetic tests. But really, law enforcement should be using DNA evidence more often.
What's the Point of Genetic Studies of Sexual Orientation?
Good science can combat misinformation, but it won't resolve public debates over homosexuality.
Should We Fight Invasive Species With Genetic Engineering?
Why one scientist changed his mind on using gene drives for conservation.
As Technology Gets Better, Ethical Prohibitions on Genetically Modifying Human Embryos Are Getting Weaker
It's become too late to ask whether or not we should edit the human germline; we can now only ask how the experiments will proceed.
The Women Who Should Win the Nobel Prize—but Haven't
When the Nobel committees ignore women who do Nobel-caliber science, the awards deserve to lose their relevance.
Congress Is Considering Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research. Here's Why We Still Badly Need It.
Opponents dismiss fetal tissue research as unnecessary, but it plays a critical role in regenerative medicine.
Four Good Reasons You Should Be Skeptical of the Claim That Biology Explains Inequality
Four crucial facts about race, sex, and biology that contradict this messy argument.
How Trump's Biofuels Research Cuts Would Hurt the Planet and Our Economy
Biofuels can reduce emissions, benefit American corporations, and create jobs. But slashing the budget of the Bioenergy Technologies Office effectively eliminates those possibilities.
How Cutting-Edge Medical Care Becomes Optional for African Americans
A new study looks at racial disparities in genetic testing for cancer patients.
The Future of Medicine Depends on Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions
Biomedical researchers can see a future where genetic tests are used to treat and prevent many diseases before major symptoms even present themselves. But that future won't be possible without strong insurance protections for pre-existing conditions.
Scientists, Not Politicians, Are the Biggest Threat to Science's Credibility
Political activism for science is fine as long as science itself remains trustworthy.
Next-Generation Prenatal Genetic Tests Are Turning Fate Into Choice
As a new non-invasive technology makes prenatal genetic tests more common, many more pregnant women will have to choose whether or not to have a disabled child.
How Our Understanding of Neanderthals Has Dramatically—and Rapidly—Shifted
The discovery of an ancient man with a recent Neanderthal ancestor illustrates how quickly the science of Stone Age humans has changed.
Why the Future of Drugs Is in Genetically Engineered Microbes
Though a new generation of genetically engineered microbes is raising fears about home-brew heroin, a technology de-coupled from the whims of growing seasons could also mean cheaper, legal drugs.
How Scientific Progress Is Changing the Stem Cell Debate
The morality of human embryonic stem cell research has long been contentious, but new discoveries could end the controversy.
Why We Should Think Twice About Giving Genetic Tests to Our Kids
Genetic tests are becoming increasingly common, but a major medical organization argues that we should be cautious about testing children.
The Complicated Science—and Conflict—Behind Identifying the First Native Americans
Genetic studies of living Native Americans and ancient remains are revising our theories about America’s first inhabitants.
Genes May Cause Educational Struggles for More People Than We Ever Expected
A study finds a new link between mutations and intellectual disability, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore non-genetic factors.
How to Change the Centuries-Old Model of Academic Publishing
Academic publishing has been slow to make use of social media, but new experiments could push the industry—and science—forward.
The Frustrating Hunt for the Genes That Make Us Human
Researchers are finding many genes unique to our species, but so far they reveal little about our most human traits.
The Ethical Risks of Detecting Disease Outbreaks With Big Data
The stakes of the analysis are much higher when lives are on the line.
Why Precision Medicine Will Not Create a Medical Revolution
Medicine, with few exceptions, grows by evolution, not revolution. And geneticists working on complex diseases have a long, difficult road ahead.
Obama Just Announced the Next Big Thing in Medicine, but Will the FDA Kill It?
By imposing burdensome regulations on genetic testing, the FDA will put small, innovative players out of business and leave the field to "large commercial entities" with near-monopoly power and few incentives to keep up with the latest science.
Both Genetics and Lifestyle Matter in the Obesity Epidemic
People with a specific mutation in one gene are substantially more likely to be obese than those without it. But they are also at higher risk of suffering from environmental factors.
How Scientists Contribute to Bad Science Reporting
By not taking university press officers and research press releases seriously, scientists are often complicit in the media falsehoods they so often deride.