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DNA 2.0: Adding Two Letters to Life’s Alphabet

KQED Science | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

DNA 2.0: Adding Two Letters to Life’s Alphabet

For the last few billion years, all life has used just four letters to spell out its instructions. Now a group in San Diego has added two new letters.

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Surprising Amount of Neanderthal DNA Still Evident in Modern European and Asian Populations

KQED Science | May 5, 2014 | 9 Comments

Surprising Amount of Neanderthal DNA Still Evident in Modern European and Asian Populations

Neanderthals may be extinct but at least 20-40% of their DNA lives on in modern Europeans and Asians because of interbreeding. Neanderthal DNA survives because it gave useful traits to the ancestors of Europeans and Asians.

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How Damaged is Your DNA? A New Startup Wants to Know

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

How Damaged is Your DNA? A New Startup Wants to Know

If your annual checkup included a simple blood test to determine how much DNA damage you have in your body, you may be able to optimize your long-term health by taking action to minimize DNA damage due to your diet, exercise and environment. A startup company called Exogen Biotechnology wants to provide the public with a way to monitor their DNA health.

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Can Fear Be Passed Down Through Generations Within DNA?

KQED Science | December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Can Fear Be Passed Down Through Generations Within DNA?

Imagine a world where your experiences can be passed on to the next generation. Scientists don’t yet know if this happens in people, but they have now confirmed in a new study that this sort of thing does happen in mice.

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Should Every Newborn Undergo Genetic Testing?

KQED Science | October 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Should Every Newborn Undergo Genetic Testing?

The NIH has launched a five-year, $25 million dollar effort to explore what may be one of the great ethical dilemmas of the 21st century: Just because we can do genetic testing on infants, should we?

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Click to “Like” My Genome: Home Genetic Testing Goes Social

KQED Science | September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Click to “Like” My Genome: Home Genetic Testing Goes Social

Before gene sequencing, life was a like a video game: you’d run along, dealing with obstacles as they came up. Now we can learn more about what genetic dangers may lay ahead. KQED Science producer Arwen Curry decided to get in the game.

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Molecular Scissors May Help Potentially Cure AIDS in the Future

KQED Science | September 9, 2013 | 20 Comments

Molecular Scissors May Help Potentially Cure AIDS in the Future

Ever since AIDS emerged as a deadly disease in the early 1980’s, scientists have been looking for a cure. And now, using a very precise set of DNA scissors, they may finally be taking baby steps towards one.

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