Vernon Madison has dementia and no memory of murdering a police officer

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The president of FamilyTreeDNA, one of the country’s largest at-home genetic testing companies, has apologized to its users for failing to disclose that it was sharing DNA data with federal investigators working to solve violent crimes

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Five states — California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Colorado — allow the practice, and 20 have considered but not passed legislation to do so, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. In Ohio, the practice remains illegal. With comments from our Joe Carrese

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When He Jiankui went missing back in early December, we suspected big trouble ahead for the rogue scientist, but as Sarah Knapton reports in the Telegraph, his predicament is even worse than we thought

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And yes, that last name is familiar. Barbara Rae-Venter is pioneering a new, high-stakes application of genomics — one that could put killers behind bars. Half a lifetime ago, she was married to the man who went on to become perhaps the best-known pioneer of the field

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A Dangerous Brain

August 15, 2018

Can neuroscience predict how likely someone is to commit another crime?

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An Ohio man who has the hepatitis C virus was sentenced to 18 months in prison on June 14 for spitting at Cleveland police and medics, according to a news report

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The Eldred case is philosophically tricky, said Eric E. Sterling, executive director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. “We’re punishing someone who has a disease. Yet we don’t want to create an exemption from punishment for people who commit crimes when they are addicts.”

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