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U.S. takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers

The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

Data collection program comes to Spokane as part of effort to boost medical research

A National Institutes of Health program is collecting medical data in Spokane this week as part of a nationwide effort to gather information that will fuel research and promote individualized, …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Lab report shows more DNA evidence linking man to killings

A lab report that was unsealed after a jury convicted a Washington state man in the killings of a young Canadian couple shows investigators found more DNA evidence linking the …


Mutation that protects against HIV raises death rate

People with a DNA mutation that reduces their chance of HIV infection may die sooner, according to a study that suggests tinkering with a gene to try to fix one …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

DNA, family tree help solve 52-year-old Seattle murder case

Seattle police said Tuesday they have solved a murder from nearly 52 years ago with the help of DNA and a family tree – a method that has revolutionized cold-case …


What are the dangers of using DNA kit testing for health concerns?

While most Americans are buying DNA kits to find out where their ancestors were born, many are opting for detailed profiles of their health risks. But those tests often don’t …


DNA testing gives Spokane woman a second surprise on her family tree

After discovering her birth mother through public records and the help of a silent benefactor in the late 1980s, Barbara Arnold was shocked once again when new technology revealed the …


Sydney Brenner, who helped decipher genetic code, dies at 92

Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019

Murder trial in Washington highlights growing use of genetic genealogy to solve cold cases

A cold case murder trial in Snohomish County will be the first to include genetic genealogy as an investigative tool as law enforcement embraces technology to solve crimes.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Vancouver woman’s DNA leads to arrest in 1979 Iowa killing

A Vancouver woman unknowingly provided critical DNA information that led police to arrest a distant relative in a 39-year-old homicide case in Iowa.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

High profile arrest led Alabama police to genealogy testing

A truck-driving preacher accused in the killing of two teenage girls from Alabama decades ago was found with the same genealogy database techniques that were used to identify a suspect …


Shawn Vestal: For Spokane man, years of family mystery ended abruptly with DNA testing

Don Sullivan has seen this photo most of his life, though the woman was always a mystery to him. When he was a child, growing up in the Los Angeles …


Tests suggest scientists achieved 1st ‘in body’ gene editing

Scientists think they have achieved the first gene editing inside the body, altering DNA in adults to try to treat a disease, although it’s too soon to know if this …


Elizabeth Warren tries to quell DNA controversy with apology

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren attempted to put an early political stumble behind her by apologizing to the Cherokee Nation for using a DNA test to prove she’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

FDA approves consumer cancer test, DNA company 23andMe says

DNA testing company 23andMe said it has the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to offer consumers a test for a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome.


Trump lashes out at Warren over DNA test, calls her ‘phony!’

President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday over DNA test results she released that indicate she has some Native American heritage, saying she is “getting slammed” …


Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released the results of a DNA analysis that she said indicated she has some Native American heritage, a direct rebuttal to President Donald Trump, who …


Spokane police officer finds second family from father’s past through DNA testing

Twenty years after her father’s death, Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller used DNA testing and public records to uncover her father’s second identity and find her older sister.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018

Nestle wants your DNA

The company that brought you milk chocolate, Maggi instant noodles and Rocky Road ice cream is worried about your health.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018

Police: Genealogy helps ID rape suspect in decade-old cases

RALEIGH, N.C. – Investigators compared online family tree data with crime-scene DNA evidence to identify and track down a suspect in a series of North Carolina rapes from a decade …


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

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

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

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

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.