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A diver swims in a kelp forest in California's Channel Island National Park, where several of the state's marine protected areas are located.
National Park Service
September 8, 2015 Using divers to monitor whether life is returning to the 100 or so marine protected areas is pricey. Now, advances in DNA sequencing mean scientists just need a seawater sample to do a marine census.
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Cambrian Genomics says that what it calls a DNA printer is essentially a DNA sorter — it quickly spots and collects the desired, tailored stretch of DNA.
Courtesy of Cambrian Genomics
May 7, 2015 Companies are assembling and churning out tailored stretches of DNA faster and more cheaply than ever before. The tool speeds research into diseases of plants and people. But what about eugenics?
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A micrograph of HeLa cells, derived from cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks.
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March 26, 2013 Henrietta Lacks' family was never consulted before her genetic information was made public. Author Rebecca Skloot, who chronicled the story of her cells, says current regulations aren't covering the privacy questions that come up for people like the Lacks family.
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Tenderness, fat content and meat color are targets for breeders hoping to improve the pork on our plates.
November 16, 2012 Scientists have sequenced all of the DNA in the cells of a female pig. While this information will likely be used to create happier pigs that get sick less often, it could be used to create tastier pork products.
The Beery family in 2010 on a visit to Baylor.
Courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine
June 16, 2011 The story of a pair of twins whose genomes were sequenced to help solve their medical mystery suggests new possibilities about the role of genomics in making diagnosis more precise.
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