Q&A: A New Tool for Ensuring Genetic Privacy
Q&A: A New Tool for Ensuring Genetic Privacy
Gamze Gursoy and Mark Gerstein of Yale Medical School have developed a strategy for stripping identifying variants from functional genomic data, balancing privacy with utility.
Q&A: A New Tool for Ensuring Genetic Privacy
Q&A: A New Tool for Ensuring Genetic Privacy

Gamze Gursoy and Mark Gerstein of Yale Medical School have developed a strategy for stripping identifying variants from functional genomic data, balancing privacy with utility.

Gamze Gursoy and Mark Gerstein of Yale Medical School have developed a strategy for stripping identifying variants from functional genomic data, balancing privacy with utility.

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Hackers Are Breaking into Medical Databases to Protect Patient Data
Hackers Are Breaking into Medical Databases to Protect Patient Data
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2018
Agencies such as the NIH reward the discovery of vulnerabilities in their computer systems—before criminals can exploit them.
MyHeritage Account Data Compromised in “Cybersecurity Incident”
MyHeritage Account Data Compromised in “Cybersecurity Incident”
Catherine Offord | Jun 6, 2018
A security researcher found the email addresses and encrypted passwords of more than 92 million users of the genealogy site on a private server outside the company.
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Catherine Offord | Jun 5, 2018
Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.
Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software
Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software
Catherine Offord | Sep 11, 2017
The tool cannot predict a person’s face from DNA, say researchers—including some listed as coauthors on the publication. 
Notable Science Quotes
Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2017
Eugene Garfield, the cancer moonshot, employee genetic testing, and more
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2015
December 2015's selection of notable quotes
Venter Enters the Consumer Genomics Biz
Venter Enters the Consumer Genomics Biz
Bob Grant | Sep 22, 2015
The genomic entrepreneur has struck a deal with a South African health insurer to sequence the exomes of its customers.
Microbiome Fingerprints
Microbiome Fingerprints
Kate Yandell | May 11, 2015
Researchers identify people by the unique combinations of microbes found in and on their bodies.
NIH Issues Genomic Data Sharing Rules
NIH Issues Genomic Data Sharing Rules
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 27, 2014
Updated guidelines expand upon existing policy to include more kinds of data. 
Funders Fight Re-Identification
Funders Fight Re-Identification
Tracy Vence | Mar 25, 2014
Four UK research funding agencies firm up their stance against deliberate attempts by researchers to re-identify supposedly anonymous study participants.
Proceed with Caution
Proceed with Caution
Mark Gerstein and Dov Greenbaum | Oct 1, 2013
While genomic data sharing is essential for research, scientists must work to keep sensitive, potentially damaging information under wraps.
Debating Bioethics Openly
Debating Bioethics Openly
Declan Fahy & Matthew C. Nisbet | Jul 1, 2013
Researchers and bioethicists need to take advantage of events such as the recent publication of the HeLa genome to engage the public on topics of privacy, biobank regulation, and more.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2013
July 2013's selection of notable quotes
Nordic Gene Study Requires Consent
Nordic Gene Study Requires Consent
Kate Yandell | Jun 24, 2013
A company has been ordered to stop estimating Icelanders’ genotypes and linking them to hospital records.
“Anonymous” Genomes Identified
“Anonymous” Genomes Identified
Dan Cossins | May 3, 2013
The names and addresses of people participating in the Personal Genome Project can be easily tracked down despite such data being left off their online profiles.
Privacy and the HeLa Genome
Privacy and the HeLa Genome
Kate Yandell | Mar 26, 2013
European scientists have taken down the HeLa genome after publishing it without the consent of Henrietta Lacks’s family.
Bad Blood
Bad Blood
Beth Marie Mole | Feb 20, 2013
US scientists struggle to complete studies in Ecuador in the wake of biopiracy accusations.
Some Insurers Protected by GINA
Some Insurers Protected by GINA
Edyta Zielinska | Jan 23, 2013
Long-term, life, and disability insurers may still be able to deny coverage to patients with a genetic disease, under current nondiscrimination legislation.
Preventing Genetic Identity Theft
Preventing Genetic Identity Theft
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 10, 2012
A new report lays out the pitfalls of consumer genetics and suggested strategies for safeguarding DNA’s privacy.