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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...

Walgreens to Sell At-Home Genetics Tests to the FDA's Dismay

Genetics are kind of like Mexican food; if you happen to have good ones, your life can be sublime. If you're not so lucky, though, things can get ugly. And as doctors have become more aware of the critical role that genes play in determining a person's likelihood of developing breast cancer, obesity or Alzheimer's, genetic testing has become increasingly common in diagnostic labs and hospitals --...

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,...

Pentagon to Breed 'Immortal' Army of Synthetic Organisms

What better way to fight the dangers of biological warfare than with... biological warfare? As Wired's Danger Room reports, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is set on investing a full $6 million in a project called "BioDesign," an ambitious plan that, if successful, would spawn a whole army of genetically engineered organisms programmed to fight the good fight -- until the end of...

South Korea Clones Drug-Sniffing Dogs

While Kim Jong-il continues to lead North Korea like a hyperactive preschooler whose parents can't find his Ritalin, South Korea is knocking off designer handbags, churning out electronics like nobody's business, and now, according to USA Today, using cloned, drug-sniffing dogs to patrol its airports. Unlike the U.S. (where German Shepherds get to sniff all the drugs), South Korea has put six...

Super Roaches Born in Space

The Russians have begun a new arms race, and we may be entering a second, more terrifying, Cold War with the former Communist super power. But instead of fighter jets or nuclear missiles, this time it's "super cockroaches" that the Russians have bred. The super roaches were conceived and born aboard the Russian satellite Foton-M, proving once-and-for-all a basic tenant of cheesy sci-fi films:...

Scientists Clone Fluorescent Cats

They claim there is a scientific purpose for their experiments, but to be honest with you, we can't quite figure out what that purpose may be. The South Korean scientists who created this pair of fluorescent felines claim that this breakthrough will help them study diseases and stem cells. We might not be biologists, but we're not really sure what the connection between AIDS and a cat that...