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.
Good science can combat misinformation, but it won't resolve public debates over homosexuality.
Why one scientist changed his mind on using gene drives for conservation.
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.
When the Nobel committees ignore women who do Nobel-caliber science, the awards deserve to lose their relevance.
Opponents dismiss fetal tissue research as unnecessary, but it plays a critical role in regenerative medicine.
Four crucial facts about race, sex, and biology that contradict this messy argument.
Biofuels can reduce emissions, benefit American corporations, and create jobs. But slashing the budget of the Bioenergy Technologies Office effectively eliminates those possibilities.
A new study looks at racial disparities in genetic testing for cancer patients.
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.
Political activism for science is fine as long as science itself remains trustworthy.
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.
The discovery of an ancient man with a recent Neanderthal ancestor illustrates how quickly the science of Stone Age humans has changed.
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.
The morality of human embryonic stem cell research has long been contentious, but new discoveries could end the controversy.
Genetic tests are becoming increasingly common, but a major medical organization argues that we should be cautious about testing children.
Genetic studies of living Native Americans and ancient remains are revising our theories about America’s first inhabitants.
A study finds a new link between mutations and intellectual disability, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore non-genetic factors.
Academic publishing has been slow to make use of social media, but new experiments could push the industry—and science—forward.
Researchers are finding many genes unique to our species, but so far they reveal little about our most human traits.
The stakes of the analysis are much higher when lives are on the line.
Medicine, with few exceptions, grows by evolution, not revolution. And geneticists working on complex diseases have a long, difficult road ahead.
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.
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.
By not taking university press officers and research press releases seriously, scientists are often complicit in the media falsehoods they so often deride.