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11 Species Of Chameleon Masqueraded As One

Biologists just discovered 11 new species of chameleon hiding in plain sight — as chameleons tend to do.


Scientists To Sequence Lil Bub's Genome

A team of geneticists is ready to unlock the secrets behind Internet celebrity cat Lil Bub’s unique appearance. Lil Bub, whose full name is Lillian Bubbles (her friends call her Bub), may be the most recognisable cat on the Web. Although Bub is an adult now, she still looks like a kitten, with wide green eyes and short legs and her tongue sticks out, giving her a perpetual happy-go-lucky expression.


The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.


Apple And Google Are Racing To Analyse Your DNA

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumours, real and fabricated. It gives us a look at might be and will be. BitStream gathers the whispers all in one place to divine what the future has in store.


Scientists Edited A Human Embryo -- But It Didn't Go Very Well

It’s an unprecedented feat: tweaking the genomes of human embryos. In a groundbreaking move, Chinese researchers have officially done it, but the announcement comes amid a whole bunch of ethical fracas.


23andMe Wants To Make Drugs -- Here's What That Could Mean In 10 Years

23andMe made a name for itself selling DNA test kits, but today it announced a radical new direction: The company will start mining its huge database of DNA sequences to create new drugs. The science of how they could do that is fascinating — but it raises a lot of futuristic ethical questions too.


23AndMe Wants To Turn Its DNA Data Into New Drugs

DNA testing startup 23andMe has been doing brisk business collecting genetic samples from over 800,000 customers. But the company just announced a new plan that will launch it into the big pharma world: 23andMe is going to invent its own pharmaceutical drugs using the data it collects from customer DNA.


The Problem With Those DNA-Based Mugshots

A little less than a year ago, researchers announced a new technique that used DNA analysis to recreate the image of a person’s face. It was a stunning idea — but a new a New York Times report reveals that there’s more than one big problem with the sci-fi promise of DNA-based mugshots.


How Do I Look In These Genes? The Science Of DNA Dating

That sensation you feel when you meet someone you like — that visceral pull towards another human being — there’s biology behind that. And if there’s biology behind that, it can be measured, and controlled for, and used to help determine if two people will be attracted to each other before they ever even meet in person. That’s the theory behind a new wave of online dating trying to radically improve the matchmaking process by analysing your DNA.


Programmable DNA Glue Can Selectively 3D-Print Natural Materials

A team of researchers from University of Texas at Austin has developed a new technique that uses the binding properties of DNA to create selective glues, which will be able to produce complex 3D-printed objects using natural, living materials.