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23andMe sells DNA tests kits that offer customers insights into their health based on their genetics.

As genetic testing companies increasingly pivot to medical and pharmaceutical ventures, a regulatory gap in consumer privacy protections is drawing calls for change and even legislative proposals. Read more»

An overview of the vaccine development efforts underway and answer some questions about the testing process, the likelihood and timing of a vaccine in the U.S., and what to expect from a COVID-19 vaccine. Read more»

Volunteers usher a group of migrants to the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center across the street from the bus station in McAllen.

Pilot projects could lead to the Trump administration storing genetic material from children as young as 14 years old in the name of fighting crime. Read more»

Border Patrol agents detain a group of immigrants who were stopped near the Texas forder in this June photo. The Justice Department is pressing ahead with plans to require that agents start taking DNA samples of migrant detainees.

The Justice Department is moving forward with plans to collect DNA samples from immigration detainees, including those without criminal offenses, raising alarms among both privacy and immigration advocates. Read more»

In a remote part of Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a Border Patrol agent takes into custody two 18-year-old boys from Guatemala.

As early as next week, the Department of Homeland Security will begin collecting DNA from children and parents as part of a "pilot program," to help identify and prosecute people posing as families, officials said Wednesday after a BP sector chief "let the cat out of the bag." Read more»

A candlelight vigil closes out the 2016 event, the second for the Missing in Arizona program.

A growing program in Arizona is providing fresh opportunities for answers to family members of people who are missing, including the chance to meet with experts in forensics, law enforcement and search and rescue at an all-day event in Phoenix on October 21. Read more»

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision to throw out a suit by three Phoenix police officers, who said demanding DNA samples from them without a warrant in the investigation of Sgt. Sean Drenth’s shooting death violated their constitutional rights.

A federal appeals court said Monday that Phoenix police were within their rights to take DNA samples from officers responding to the 2010 shooting death of a fellow officer, Sgt. Sean Drenth, near the State Capitol. Read more»

A recent study on the reliability of hair analysis is only latest to shake public confidence. The Washington Post reported the first results from a sweeping study of the FBI forensic hair comparison unit, finding that 26 of 28 examiners in the unit gave flawed testimony in more than 200 cases during the 1980s and 1990s Read more»

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects. Read more»

Last year, the military identified just 60 service members out of the about 83,000 Americans missing from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The restructuring promises to address many of the problems laid out in a recent ProPublica and NPR investigation. Read more»

An unidentified man weeps on the day in December 2011 when Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom made a formal apology to the victims of the massacre at Las Dos Erres, Guatemala, in 1982.

It was Tranquilino Castañeda's first visit to the United States. And the first time that he would see his son in person after almost three decades during which he thought his boy had died in a massacre in Guatemala. Read more»

A plaster-cast death mask of the outlaw Ned Kelly is on display at the National Museum in Canberra, Australia.

The headless remains of Australian criminal Ned Kelly were identified 130 years after he was hanged for murder. Read more»

A genetics group is criticizing Berkeley for asking incoming students to provide DNA samples to the university. Read more»

A gang member convicted of murdering a rival became the first person to be convicted using dog DNA. Read more»

When Texas health officials were sued last year for storing infant blood samples without consent, they said it was for medical research. They never said they were turning over samples to the federal government to help build a vast DNA database. Read more» 1

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