Looking Forward: DNA Testing: Genealogy and Forensics, 1st Edition

  • Published By: New York Times Educational Pub
  • ISBN-10: 1642821292
  • ISBN-13: 9781642821291
  • DDC: 929.1072
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released August 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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The Human Genome Project completed sequencing the entire human genetic code in 2003, two years ahead of schedule. That brisk pace has characterized the private genomics industry as well, with prices for personal sequencing dropping from tens of thousands to only hundreds of dollars in less than a decade. Through this collection of articles, readers will recognize how DNA testing has opened new doors in medicine and science, as well as sparked new questions about medical ethics, human ancestry, and the self.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
The Revolution of Personal Genetic Testing.
1: My Genome, My Self.
2: 23andMe Will Resume Giving Users Health Data.
3: With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten.
4: Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks?.
5: The Online Gene Test Finds a Dangerous Mutation. It May Well Be Wrong..
Genetic Testing and Medicine.
6: DNA Blueprint for Fetus Built Using Tests of Parents.
7: The Path to Reading a Newborn's DNA Map.
8: New York's Chief Medical Examiner Seeks to Lead in DNA Research.
9: In Iceland's DNA, New Clues to Disease-Causing Genes.
10: U.S. Introduces New DNA Standard for Ensuring Accuracy of Genetic Tests.
11: Pursuit of Cash Taints Promise of Gene Tests.
12: New Gene Tests Pose a Threat to Insurers.
13: The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data.
The Adoption of Genetics by Law Enforcement.
14: Biologist Teaches the Nation's Judges About Genetics.
15: DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show.
16: Falsely Convicted, Freed and No Longer Quiet.
17: Genetic Basis for Crime: A New Look.
18: Helping Decide Guilt or Innocence.
19: Seeking Answers in Genome of Gunman.
20: Using DNA to Sketch What Victims Look Like; Some Call It Science Fiction.
21: In Africa, Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers.
22: The Golden State Killer Is Tracked Through a Thicket of DNA, and Experts Shudder.
Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing.
23: Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases.
24: The Fault in Our DNA.
25: White? Black? A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier.
26: Disability and the Right to Choose.
27: My ‘Orphan Disease’ Has Given Me a New Family.
28: How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’.
29: The Racial Spectacle of DNA Test Result Videos.
30: Scientists Can Design ‘Better’ Babies. Should They?.
31: Why Many Native Americans Are Angry With Elizabeth Warren.
Scientific Frontiers Opened by Genetic Testing.
32: DNA Double Take.
33: The Upside of Bad Genes.
34: The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars.
35: David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone.
36: As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’.
Media Literacy Terms.
Media Literacy Questions.