A new kind of non-lethal weapon uses a mixture of DNA and UV light brighteners to painlessly track down suspects even weeks after the crime.
Whether it's a local politician claiming Native American ancestry or your hipster friend asserting some vague familial connection to French aristocracy, thanks to advances in science it's becoming increasingly difficult to obscure one's true ancestry.
For the first time, scientists at the University of Genoa have taken a picture of DNA, and happily it really is a double helix.
In the paranoid future of the genetically discriminatory security state, your life will be defined by your DNA, and access will be controlled by machines that instantly read samples of your genetic code to verify your identiy. When will this all kick in? It won't be long now, thanks to NEC's new DNA analyzer that can brand you as an in-valid in under 25 minutes.
Having a genetic disease means that there's something wrong with your DNA. Somewhere, in those millions of base pairs, even the simplest mutation (or mis-coding) in a gene can cause all sorts of serious problems, and since the problem is at such a basic level, it's impossible to fix without rewriting the essence of what makes you you. And we can now do that.
It might be time to get Gattaca-level paranoid about leaving your DNA all over the place, as geneticists are getting closer to being able to determine what your face looks like simply by analyzing your genetic code.
Evan Ackerman contributed to this post. Traditional platter-based hard drives and solid state flash drives might dominate the storage landscape today, but in the future, you'll be storing more data than you could possibly sift through within your very own DNA.
Dark matter makes up about 84% of the universe, which is strange, since we have no idea what it is and we've never seen any of it before. A new type of directional dark matter detector has the potential to spot the signature of dark matter coming from the center of our galaxy, and it's made out of customized strands of DNA and sheets of solid gold.
If you're a criminal who thinks it's going to take too long for law enforcement to nail you using DNA profiling, it's officially time to get worried. Because this little USB stick allows scientists to unravel DNA strings in just a few seconds.
The first human genome cost $3 billion to sequence back in 2003. By 2009, the cost to sequence someone's genome had dropped to more like $50,000. Next year, the target is a mere $1,000, and it'll only take two hours to completely identify all six billion of the base pairs in your DNA to tell you what you're likely to die from first.