Stop Freaking Out About Human DNA in Hot Dogs

A startup called Clear Labs has genetically tested a bunch of hot dogs, and the results are about as weird as you’d expect. Pork DNA in the turkey dogs. Chicken DNA in the veggie dogs. But then, there was this little surprise: human DNA! Human DNA in hot dogs! And from the way the press is spinning it, you’d think… »10/29/15 9:38am10/29/15 9:38am


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 4:40pm2/20/15 4:40pm

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 1:51pm9/30/13 1:51pm

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 4:00pm8/19/12 4:00pm