You’ve probably heard by now about the controversy surrounding the 2010 On the Same Page program. This year’s freshmen were asked to swab their cheeks in order to get their DNA tested for specific genetic variations on three genes (lactase, ethanol, and folic acid, if you were interested). And if you’ve heard about that, you might be wondering about last night’s keynote speech by MCB professor Jasper Rine, entitled “Looking for the Good News in Your Genome.”

Let out your bated breath, because here comes a highlight reel of the evening’s speech:

-The controversy sprang mostly from, according to Rine, “misunderstanding” and “discomfort.” He claims that under California law, read more »


OK, can we just call foul on this whole issue? Last year’s incoming L & S freshmen had to read “Omnivore’s Dilemna,” and this year’s incoming freshmen get to have their genes analyzed.

Yeah, that’s right. Think back to when you were a freshman, bleeding blue and gold and desperate for any sign that you were a college-bound adult. Last year we got a big honking book in the mail–this year they get a cool little cotton swab.

If the freshies want to participate, they send the swab back with a tiny bit of their own DNA. The sample will be analyzed for “three non-threatening genetic factors affecting our health: the ability read more »

3087016574_efb07bd162Is your absentee father an embezzling white collar felon? Did your teenage brother set fire to the neighbor’s barn in an act of brash vegan defiance? Has your black sheep, closeted gay uncle pulled a Norman Bates recently?

If you are male and answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be the next great American scapegoat. Crime investigation experts are in fierce divide over the implementation of the “familial DNA” technique in Colorado and California. read more »