Kristen V. Brown
Senior Writer, Gizmodo.
3:51 PM

I did! My mom gives them seeds and fruit, though not every time they come by for fear they get too used to humans feeding them!

10:00 AM

Hi Technozilla! 23andMe’s test offers some things Ancestry’s doesn’t (the health component) so it’s really about whether that’s what you’re looking for. 23andMe’s privacy policy and terms of use have always been a little more clear and up front than the other companies, so I think you’ll find it easy to get the basics Read more

12:48 PM

This was a good point I should have included! You can definitely find out about unknown relatives you were not prepared to know about!

4:43 PM

Indeed they did. They ran those tests without the correct components that would identify whether or not a person had the mutation. Whether or not there was a negative result that was missed, all of those tests were indeed faulty.

10:44 AM

To alter it, or perhaps share the results with the world. Imagine, for example, you had a genetic disposition for a disease that might impact whether you got a certain job or not. Malicious theft of DNA info could compromise that. Read more

10:41 AM

I completely agree this is a huge, immediate problem—one we were not yet prepared. Would love to talk to you about this!

2:41 PM

Hi Dr. Foster! I think part of the issue is that while these issues are “known” they are not always clearly spelled out for patients, who like Gary find themselves surprised and confused when they encounter these scenarios. That and the growing number of potential interference scenarios also makes it sometimes hard to Read more

4:06 PM

In some senses, it’s really a language issue. IE: “hacking.” Maybe it’s just me, but while I’m up for using science to improve my health and well-being, there is something inherently un-human about “hacking” my body. There are definitely convincing arguments to be made for either side though—I could see saying that Read more

10:54 AM

Sorry you feel it’s unbalanced! The point here, though, is not a referendum on these technologies. Clearly, deep brain stimulation to quell Parkinson’s tremors, depression, etc are and can be amazing technologies. My point is the perspective from which those innovations come: Silicon Valley “hacking” versus the slow, Read more

7:57 PM

Fun fact: Crichton was actually a student of one of Delgado’s collaborators, and was presumably inspired by the work!

5:31 PM

Hi. I think you’re actually misunderstanding my use of “overlap” here. By using that word, I am implying that the two patents were sufficiently different. IE: there is no interference of one in the other, and they do not overlap.

4:04 PM

This is a very good point, that measures that work in other nations/conditions may not work here. Thanks for sharing.

3:58 PM

This is an interesting idea, one the UN I think has toyed with to some limited extent.

3:57 PM

Hi Ryan! Thanks for that link. Like the deaths of many historical figures, there is some debate about how Tut actually died, as that story you linked to suggests. What is certain, however, is that his genetics suggested evidence of malaria, and it is suspected that it was at minimum a contributing factor in his death. Read more