Y-STR analysis

Researchers constructed family trees with up to 13 million members from public genealogy profiles, but some disagree with their conclusions on the genetics of longevity.

Parent firm Gene by Gene calls the law "brief and vague" and is pushing for ancestry testing to be exempt from the provision of the genetic privacy statute.

The study refutes previous theories suggesting that Aboriginal Australians descended from populations migrating from India 4,000 years ago.

The company made the move after several media outlets falsely reported that Ancestry had divulged the identify of a donor without a police warrant.

Forensics experts said that the DNA testing that helped identify Osama Bin Laden — most likely Y-linked short tandem repeat PCR amplification and analysis — could easily have been performed in a short amount of time and remote location using standard products from companies such as Life Technologies.

The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.