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Rotterdam Security Systems Mark Robbers With Synthetic DNA

Police in Rotterdam have begun installing new, high-tech security systems in stores across the Dutch city, in an effort to help local businesses combat theft in particularly crime-plagued neighborhoods. Unlike most security systems, though, Rotterdam's new device doesn't feature any high-pitched alarms or flashing lights. All it does is spray synthetic DNA. As the New York Times explains, the...

Researchers to Map Ozzy Osbourne's Genome, Find Out Why He's Alive

Great job, Science! Thanks for devoting your giant brains to something as important as Ozzy Osbourne's drug-strewn genetic makeup, and not worrying about those feeble "problems" like AIDS or the hellish oil hole that, goshdarnit, seems to resist the powers of partisan bellyaching. Admittedly, DNA lab Knome is a private enterprise that maps the human genome with the aid of "internationally...

23andMe's DNA Mixup Leaves 96 Customers With Wrong Test Results

Share As we know all too well here at Switched, everyone makes mistakes. Not everyone, however, makes mistakes quite as far-reaching as was the blunder that private DNA-testing company 23andMe recently made. On Friday, the company announced that "a number of new 23andMe customer samples were incorrectly processed" by the third-party lab that conducts the DNA tests, and confessed that "up to"...

Scientists Build First Synthetic Life Form Laced With James Joyce Quotes

Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute have just created an entirely new synthetic life form in a laboratory, marking a watershed moment that could radically alter the way humans interact with nature. As Wired reports, the achievement is a culmination of over two-years' worth of research, numerous failed attempts and millions of dollars. In March, however, the team injected over a million...

Scientists Bury 'Digital DNA' Deep Inside a Swiss Fort Knox

Preparing for the very real need to access defunct digital formats, European scientists have buried a "key" deep inside a bunker as part of the ongoing $18.5 million Planets initiative to protect history. According to Reuters, scientists culled information from 16 archives, libraries and research institutions, and built a time capsule in order to preserve digital formats, which are changing at...

Video Genome Project Stops Movie Pirates With DNA Science

Video pirates, you now have digital genetics working against you. As if it weren't bothersome enough that Warner Bros. is hiring student interns to spy on their pirating peers, researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology have now begun developing a "video genome" database, which can be used to isolate the origins and subsequent mutations of digital video. Previous kinds of...

Poet Christian Bök to Inscribe a Bacterium's DNA With His Lofty Lines

All writers want their words to be immortalized in posterity, but poet Christian Bök has some serious issues with his work falling under the sands of time. Bök is planning to inscribe his poetry within the DNA of a tough-as-nails bacterium known as Deinococcus radiodurans so that it will potentially last for billions of years. The bacterium can survive acids, freezing temperatures,...

Company Makes iPhone Wallpaper From Your DNA

Chromosomal artwork has steadily become more common over the past few years, and French company Helys is now offering customized DNA wallpaper for the iPhone. For a whopping $147, you'll receive a DNA sample kit in the mail, take a swab to your gums, and send the specimens back to the lab. Within three to five weeks, an email will arrive containing your 320-by-480-pixel DNA portrait at the low-res...

DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Research Says

It's hard to believe that crime scenes could get any more complicated than they are on 'CSI,' but The New York Times reports that scientists in Israel have discovered that DNA evidence can be fabricated -- and easily, at that. Apparently, DNA can be cooked up like cookies in an E-Z bake oven... Scientists at the Tel Aviv-based company Nucleix have been able to infuse one individual's DNA into...

IBM Looks to Nature in Design of DNA-Like Microchips

Currently, microchips are made with silicon, but IBM is looking to the future and working on replacing the traditional computing material with DNA. IBM doesn't plan on harvesting this DNA from people, of course. It has instead demonstrated a way to use artificial nano-structures that replicate the composition of DNA. IBM believes the repetitive design of DNA is a perfect match for fabricating...

Stanford Professor Sequences His Genome in Just One Week

Reading an entire novel is often considered a nice week's accomplishment, but a Stanford University professor has put that idea to shame. In just seven days, he mapped his entire DNA. According to an AP story on the Denver Post's Web site, bioengineering professor Stephen Quake, PhD, announced yesterday that he'd sequenced his genome in just one week, using only one machine and drawing on less...

9/11 Search Dog Cloned... Five Times

Former Nova Scotian police officer James Symington (pictured) had quite the attachment to his German shepherd, Trakr. Not only was Trakr man's best friend, but he was also instrumental in the search and rescue effort following 9/11. The dog, according to CBS, found the last survivor in the rubble of the World Trade Center. So, when Symington heard of California company BioArts's contest to clone...

Washington State Wants DNA Sampling of All Arrested Individuals

This week, some Washington state lawmakers are pushing a proposal that would require police to extract DNA from every arrested individual. At present, Washington police take DNA samples only from those who have already been convicted of a crime, as a warrant is necessary to obtain the DNA of mere suspects. Under the provisions of the proposal, the collected DNA would be sent off to a State...