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Genetic Analysis Of 250 Burgers Reveals Some Unsavoury Surprises

Last year, a biotech startup called Clear Labs performed DNA testing on a bunch of hot dogs and discovered that they often contain more than the label advertises. The same company has now used its arsenal of molecular technologies to break down your other favourite meat-on-a-bun product: burgers. Once again, there are some unsavoury surprises.


Bio-Engineering Is A Lot Less Dystopian When It Looks Like An Acid Trip

The burgeoning industry of biological design is in the headlines every day. Yet even science journalists have had trouble explaining concepts like CRISPR in terms that everyone can understand. A new exhibition at a Silicon Valley museum skilfully explains the technically and ethically complicated field of bio-engineering to adults — as well as the next generation of gene-editors.


The Woman Who Discovered DNA's Double Helix May Get A Much-Deserved Biopic

Rosalind Franklin, the British scientist whose research enabled the discovery of DNA’s double helix, will be getting a biopic if spec script Exposure is made. Fingers crossed, because not only would a feature film bring Franklin some much-deserved recognition — her life would make for quite a dramatic movie.


Microsoft Is Storing Data In 10 Million Strands Of DNA

DNA contains the information that defines life — but it can also be used to store digital content, too. Now, Microsoft has announced that it’s seriously investigating the technique as a means of storing data, paying a bioscience company to create ten million strands of digital storage DNA.


The World's Smallest Thermometer Is Made Of DNA

Need to take a temperature in a hard-to-reach spot? Researchers have created the world’s smallest thermometer from DNA, and it could be used to measure temperature even within living cells.


Scientists Stored These Images In DNA, Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them perfectly.


The CIA Wants Beauty Products To Collect Your DNA

The CIA is very interested in skincare products. It wants to stay up-to-date on all the latest tips and trends — do you think the spooks have tried those crazy looking sheet masks? — because it knows the secret to ageing well is taking good care of the skin.


HIV Genes Successfully Edited Out Of Immune Cells

Researchers from Temple University have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to clear out the entire HIV-1 genome from a patient’s infected immune cells. It’s a remarkable achievement that could have profound implications for the treatment of AIDS and other retroviruses.


Australian Researchers Discover Family Blood Cancer Gene

A genetic discovery from Professor Hamish Scott and his research team at the Centre for Cancer Biology will help to identify and monitor people at very high risk of developing blood cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma.


'At Least 50,000 Years': DNA Study Confirms Indigenous Australian History

The first complete sequences of the Y chromosomes of Aboriginal Australian men have revealed a deep Indigenous genetic history tracing all the way back to the initial settlement of the continent 50,000 years ago, according to Australian research.

The study by researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, collaborators at La Trobe University in Melbourne and several other Australian institutes, challenges a previous theory that suggested an influx of people from India into Australia around four to five thousand years ago.


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