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.

A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.