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A fast-moving future for gene-edited foods

Thanks to a cutting-edge technology called gene editing, scientists can now turn plant genes “on” and “off” almost as easily as Calyxt scientists flip a switch to illuminate the rows …

UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

Ancestry, 23andMe and others say they will follow these rules when giving DNA data to businesses or police

Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday to be upfront when they share users’ DNA data with researchers, hand it over to police or …

DNA found on samurai sword leads to murder charge, warrant against former Island County man

On March 3, a group of friends found a woman’s decapitated body inside a sleeping bag on a 10-acre property on Camano Island. The remains were those of Katherine Cunningham, …

UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

DNA cops make sure deadly viruses don’t get rebuilt

For years, bioethicists and security experts have debated whether those closely guarded samples should be destroyed. But the widespread availability of the basic building blocks of life online means bad …

Man charged with murder after DNA found on samurai sword

A 33-year-old man suspected of killing and decapitating his girlfriend in Washington state has been charged with murder after investigators say they found a samurai sword with DNA evidence.

Long-lost sisters meet after DNA test reveals relation

Meier and Risher share a love of Diet Coke, a craving for cream cheese bagels at breakfast and a habit of bringing chips and dip to parties. They share the …

Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

A microscopic thread of DNA evidence in a public genealogy database led California authorities to declare this spring they had caught the Golden State Killer, the rapist and murderer who …

UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 12:58 p.m.

Trucker charged in 1987 deaths of couple

A Washington state trucker who authorities say was linked by DNA evidence to the 1987 deaths of a young Canadian couple has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree …

Sage grouse DNA study maps crucial mating grounds in U.S. West

Sage grouse have a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across …

UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Decade after rape in Seattle, DNA leads to charges

More than 10 years after a woman was grabbed in Seattle and raped, her alleged attacker has been identified through DNA.

Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

Now the legend of “Nessie” may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to the lake next month, where they will take …

UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Use of DNA in serial killer probe sparks privacy concerns

The genealogy website used to find the man accused of being California’s Golden State Killer had no idea its database was tapped in pursuit of a suspect who eluded law …

Company believes DNA testing promises better wine selection for the masses

Can genetic screening also tell if you’re predisposed to cabernet? A group of doctors-turned-entrepreneurs started a company called Vinome to answer this question.

DNA evidence links Montana killing to convicted murderer

Motions filed to overturn the homicide convictions of two men in a 1994 Montana killing reveal that another man serving a life sentence for a double murder told family members …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

New York City’s medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It’s a way to finally give family members some …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans

DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today’s native peoples of …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

DNA kits raise security concerns

As DNA tests proliferate, though, some experts worry that consumers may be getting a bad bargain. They say DNA data may fall into the wrong hands, betraying consumers and even …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Murder charge dismissed against ex-Pasco cop accused in 1986 Spokane homicide

A murder charge against a former Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane woman in 1986 was dropped Wednesday as a result of DNA evidence.

Expanding DNA’s alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using artificial DNA to create semi-synthetic bacteria – and now they’ve found the altered bugs can produce proteins unlike those found in …

U.S. scientists try first gene editing in the body

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

Researchers shed light on Neanderthals’ legacy in humans

BERLIN – Some human traits that are linked to sunlight – including mood and sleep patterns – may be influenced by a person’s Neanderthal forefathers, according to a study published …

Feeling old? DNA supports an early evolution of our species

A study of DNA from African fossils is providing new evidence that our species is a lot older than scientists had shown.

Dali foundation: DNA test disproves artist paternity suit

A paternity test has disproved a Spanish woman’s claim that she is the daughter of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, the deceased painter’s foundation announced Wednesday.

Aaron Putzke: Genome editing poses questions for society

How we regulate this technology will be difficult at best, and disastrous at worst, if we do not engage all stakeholders, including the public.

New DNA evidence links murderer to 2 other killings, authorities say

Authorities say new DNA evidence links a convicted murderer to the unsolved 1974 murder of a Portland, Oregon woman whose body was found in a remote area northeast of Vancouver, …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Omaha police purge DNA samples from controversial 2004 sweep

Police have destroyed DNA samples collected years ago from several black men in a controversial 2004 sweep in Omaha now that a suspect in a series of rapes has been …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Turkey bones may help trace fate of ancient cliff dwellers

Researchers say they have found a new clue into the mysterious exodus of ancient cliff-dwelling people from the Mesa Verde area of Colorado more than 700 years ago: DNA from …

UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit

Salvador Dali’s eccentric artistic and personal history took yet another bizarre turn Thursday with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether …

Front Porch: Genomics exciting window into us all, Stefanie Pettit writes

We used to call it genetics, and, for most of us, it didn’t get more complicated than maybe learning a little about Gregor Mendel’s study of peas in science class …

UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

DNA leads to arrest in murder of jogger in Massachusetts

DNA evidence is being credited with finding the man authorities say killed a New York City woman who was out running near her mother’s Massachusetts home last summer.