Q&A: George Church’s Genome Up for Auction
Q&A: George Church’s Genome Up for Auction
A founder of the field of synthetic biology is selling data from his own DNA as a nonfungible token, or NFT, through Nebula Genomics, a personal genome company he cofounded.
Q&A: George Church’s Genome Up for Auction
Q&A: George Church’s Genome Up for Auction

A founder of the field of synthetic biology is selling data from his own DNA as a nonfungible token, or NFT, through Nebula Genomics, a personal genome company he cofounded.

A founder of the field of synthetic biology is selling data from his own DNA as a nonfungible token, or NFT, through Nebula Genomics, a personal genome company he cofounded.

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AI-Assisted Cough Tracking Could Help Detect the Next Pandemic
AI-Assisted Cough Tracking Could Help Detect the Next Pandemic
Max Kozlov | Dec 6, 2020
Some researchers have turned their focus to artificial intelligence to study an underused symptom common to most respiratory pathogens—cough.
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Disputed Hydroxychloroquine Study Brings Scrutiny to Surgisphere
Disputed Hydroxychloroquine Study Brings Scrutiny to Surgisphere
Catherine Offord | May 30, 2020
Scientists have raised questions about the dataset published in The Lancet last week that triggered the suspension of clinical trials around the world—and about Surgisphere Corporation, the company behind the study.
Opinion: Public Health Trumps Privacy in a Pandemic
Opinion: Public Health Trumps Privacy in a Pandemic
John D. Loike, Ruth L. Fischbach | Apr 16, 2020
If governments were to use SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests to manage who can re-enter the workplace, society must accept a sacrifice of privacy.
US Government Considers Collecting Detained Immigrants’ DNA
US Government Considers Collecting Detained Immigrants’ DNA
Ashley Yeager | Oct 3, 2019
The Department of Justice plans to require cheek swabs at the border, with the data then entered in a national criminal database.
The Open Data Explosion
The Open Data Explosion
Viviane Callier | Jan 1, 2019
Scientists are working to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of sharing.
“Co-op” Lets Users Barter DNA and Health Information for Shares
“Co-op” Lets Users Barter DNA and Health Information for Shares
Shawna Williams | Dec 7, 2018
LunaDNA receives Securities and Exchange Commission approval to treat the data as currency.
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.
NIH Plans to Enroll 1 Million People for Health Database
NIH Plans to Enroll 1 Million People for Health Database
Catherine Offord | May 3, 2018
The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 
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. 
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2015
December 2015's selection of notable quotes
Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy
Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy
Ruth Williams | Oct 29, 2015
Genomic data shared via the Beacon Project are vulnerable to privacy breaches, scientists show.
Opinion: Public Data, Private Concerns
Opinion: Public Data, Private Concerns
Viviane Callier | May 20, 2015
Research participants aren’t always clear on open data policies when consenting to studies.
Microbiome Fingerprints
Microbiome Fingerprints
Kate Yandell | May 11, 2015
Researchers identify people by the unique combinations of microbes found in and on their bodies.
Judge Wants Info on PubPeer Commenter
Judge Wants Info on PubPeer Commenter
Kerry Grens | Mar 23, 2015
In a defamation lawsuit involving anonymous comments on the post-publication peer review website, a judge requests potentially identifying information.
Court: Scientist’s Emails Are Private
Court: Scientist’s Emails Are Private
Kerry Grens | Apr 22, 2014
Judges rule that climate scientist Michael Mann’s communications are not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.
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.