Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, joined host Kerri Miller to discuss innovations in gene editing and the consequences that must be considered

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A healthcare network and a research institute in Nevada are planning to sequence the DNA of 40,000 Nevadans, as part of an effort to understand what health issues might be particular to people in the region

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Do You Belong to You?

January 10, 2018

A recent court case grapples with whether we own our own DNA and the information it contains. The answer has implications for research, privacy, commerce, and how we live our lives. With comments from our Michelle Huckaby Lewis

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In an effort to vault genetics into a new era of big data, six drug companies say they will decode the genes of half a million Brits and then make the data public—all by 2020

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The diagnostics company Myriad Genetics introduces a DNA test that could reveal a woman’s risk even if she doesn’t have one of the gene variants now associated with the disease

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A team of scientists wants to accelerate research into a genetic disorder by using CRISPR to copy unique mutations from affected children into pigs

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DNA Has Gone Digital

December 8, 2017

What could possibly go wrong? Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers to analyze DNA, operate lab equipment and store genetic information. But new capabilities also mean new risks – and biologists remain largely unaware of the potential vulnerabilities that come with digitizing biotechnology

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Philip Ball writes, “There are now several companies offering to read your genes: 23andMe, Ancestry DNA, and Family Tree DNA are a few of the most prominent. You send them a saliva swab and cross their palm with silver, and back comes an analysis of your DNA.There are plenty of grounds for skepticism about the new business of personal genomics.”

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