DNA

USA: Will Virginia Abolish the Death Penalty?

The death penalty has been carried out nearly 1,400 times in the southeastern state of Virginia. More often than in any other US state. If the Senate passes a bill to abolish the death penalty this week, 400 years of…

Complicated Legacies: The Human Genome at 20

Risks of Genomic Surveillance and How to Stop It Maya Wang / China Senior Researcher The use of DNA profiling for individual cases of law enforcement has helped to identify suspects and to exonerate the innocent. But retaining genetic materials…

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

In July 2009, a woman brought her husband to the hospital where our colleagues work in western Kenya. She reported that for several years he had been behaving abnormally, sleeping poorly, hearing voices that no one else could hear, and…

Is racism and bigotry in our DNA?

The Conversation Tom Oliver Is bigotry in our DNA, a remnant of our fear of “the other” way back when that was necessary? If so, why do some battle with their instincts while others embrace them? Peter, 71, Darlington I,…