23andMe Gets FDA Approval For One Very Particular Genetic Test

Back in 2013, the FDA forced 23andme to pull its DNA testing kits in the United States, saying the personal genetics company was offering an untested diagnostic device. Now the FDA has given the okay for 23andme to test for one specific genetic disorder — a potential sign that the company's full offering may stage a… » 2/20/15 1:40pm 2/20/15 1:40pm

FDA may begin seizing home DNA testing kits

The FDA has given personal genetics company 23andme 15 days to comply with health regulations, before the federal agency begins seizing the company's DNA testing kits. The FDA says 23andme is offering an untested "diagnostic" device in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. » 11/25/13 10:11am 11/25/13 10:11am

Science makes it difficult for racists to be racist

There have now been a series of incidents where state workers have taken light-haired children away from their Roma parents — a witch-hunt spurred by recent events in Greece. But unlike in the past, we now have a scientific way to fight this kind of racism. » 10/24/13 10:30am 10/24/13 10:30am

How DNA testing can rip families apart -- and bring them together

Two women from shattered homes have been using DNA tests to discover why they have always felt like outsiders. They find each other on a social network for people who want to compare their genomes — and they get a match. Are they related? Did their parents have an affair? New DNA services promise to help them find out. » 9/30/13 10:51am 9/30/13 10:51am

How scientists tried to confirm a "virgin birth" long before DNA testing

In the 1950s, geneticist Helen Spurway learned of a woman, Emmimarie Jones, who claimed that her daughter had been born without a father. Spurway had studied parthenogenesis in fish, and was curious as to whether a so-called "virgin birth" was possible in humans. But decades before DNA profiling, how could she confirm… » 8/19/12 1:00pm 8/19/12 1:00pm