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This 9/11 first responder had his family’s DNA tattooed into his skin so that he’s never alone while undergoing chemotherapy

Former NYPD officer Johnny Walker is dealing with stage 4 colon cancer after responding to the call on September 11, 2001. Walker says he rubs his Everence tattoos sometimes while receiving cancer treatment, so he knows he's not alone.

What causes human bodies to age? Here’s what scientists know about the biology behind growing old

What causes human bodies to age? Most scientists agree that nine main factors are involved in the process of getting old. Here’s what scientists know about the biology behind aging.

What causes human bodies to age? Here’s what scientists know about the biology behind growing old

What causes human bodies to age? Most scientists agree that nine main factors are involved in the process of getting old. Here’s what scientists know about the biology behind aging.

Akouos, a biotech startup that’s trying to tackle a $750 billion global problem, just announced it’s raised a new funding round

Akouos, the first biotech startup that's taking a precision medicine approach to hearing loss, announced a $50 million Series A funding round on Tuesday.

DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your genetic data to drugmakers and other Silicon Valley startups

DNA-testing company 23andMe made headlines last week when it announced that it would share consumers' anonymized genetic data with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Companies like 23andMe frequently share your DNA data with "third parties."

A collaboration between Google’s secretive life-extension spinoff and popular genetics company Ancestry has quietly ended

Calico, Google's stealth life extension spinoff, used DNA data from popular consumer genetics and genealogy company Ancestry for studies on aging and longevity beginning in 2015. No published research has come from the project so far, and now it has quietly ended.
The science team behind Mammoth Biosciences

A medical diagnostics startup that wants to use CRISPR technology to detect diseases just raised $23 million in venture funding

Mammoth Biosciences, a diagnostics startup that uses CRISPR proteins to detect diseases like HPV and malaria, just raised $23 million in funding to develop its technology.

DNA-testing company 23andMe has signed a $300 million deal with a drug giant. Here’s how to delete your data if that freaks you out.

Genetics-testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe can — and frequently do — sell your data to drugmakers. A $300 million deal between 23andMe and the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is the latest example. If that has you thinking about how these companies use your data, here's how to delete it.
By tweaking the DNA of an embryo, it will be possible to genetically modify future children. The question is

Genetically modified ‘designer babies’ might be okay, according to a top ethics council

A leading bioethics organization in the UK released a report that concluded that under certain circumstances, it could be ethically acceptable to genetically modify humans. There could even be reasons to modify embryos in ways that go beyond eliminating serious disease and enhance humans.

I’ve taken AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and National Geographic genetics tests — here’s how to choose one to try

When deciding which consumer genetics test to take to learn about your ancestry or health, consider what you hope to get out of the experience. Here's what it's like to try three of the most popular tests.