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Explained: Why govt wants to bank DNA

Yet again, DNA Regulation Bill cleared for introduction in Parliament. Whose DNA will be stored, when is it supposed to be used for reference? What are the concerns, how is government addressing these?

Poverty leaves a mark on genes, says study

Previous research has shown that socioeconomic status (SES) is a powerful determinant of human health and disease, and social inequality is a ubiquitous stressor for human populations globally.


Living in stressful neighbourhood is related to ageing faster, according to research

The study, published in PLoS One, combined population health and molecular biology research and found that people who reported problems in their local area – such as assaults, burglaries, litter and vandalism – had shorter telomere lengths, and the effect was more marked among women.

New DNA-like molecule to aid search for alien life

The findings published in the journal Science, suggests there could be an alternative to DNA-based life, as scientists have synthesised a molecular system that, like DNA, can store and transmit information.

China uses DNA to track its people and the US is helping

US lawmakers and officials are taking a hard look at the situation in Xinjiang. The Trump administration is considering sanctions against Chinese officials and companies over China’s treatment of the Uighurs.

Nod to DNA Technology Regulation Bill

The Bill provides for establishment of a national DNA data bank and regional DNA data banks.


World still isn't ready for gene-edited babies, claim scientists

The scientists gathered in Hong Kong this week for an international conference on gene editing, the ability to rewrite the code of life to try to correct or prevent diseases.

In open letter, scientists in China say baby gene editing 'crazy'

China's National Health Commission said on Monday it was "highly concerned" and had ordered provincial health officials "to immediately investigate and clarify the matter".

World's first genetically edited babies created in China

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

Ashapura Intimates Fashion chairman missing: DNA of unidentified body doesn’t match that of kin

Days after the chairman of Ashapura Intimates Fashion Limited Harhsad Thakkar went missing after leaving a note apologising to his investors regarding suffering financial losses, a body was found at Marine Drive, leading to suspicion that it could be that of Thakkar.