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A right to know? Should children be told when a parent’s genetic test reveals hereditary risks?

What are the legal, professional and ethical, duties or responsibilities of researchers and clinicians in handling genetic testing and the ...
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Podcast: Twisted history—The true story of how the DNA double helix was discovered

There's more to the story of the double helix than Watson and Crick. We unwind history to uncover some of ...
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Searching for a genetic ‘tattletale’ for heart attack risk

If you want a sneak peek into your risk of heart disease, here are your options: Your doctor can measure ...
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Massive genetic analysis shows how our ancestors ‘diversified, migrated and mixed’ around the world

A new study has provided the most comprehensive analysis of human genetic diversity to date, after the sequencing of 929 ...
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Scouring coronavirus patient genes to answer a question: Why do some people get deathly sick, when others don’t?

COVID-19, caused by the new pandemic coronavirus, is strangely—and tragically—selective. Only some infected people get sick, and although most of ...
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Can genetics explain the degrees of misery inflicted by the coronavirus?

“The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus.” Joshua Lederberg, Nobel Prize in Physiology ...
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DNA tests can guide breast cancer treatment, while also raising questions we can’t yet answer

In a new era of precision medicine, the role of genetics is becoming increasingly critical to determine who might benefit ...
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Studying the African genome could yield new medical treatments for everyone

A broader range of populations should be investigated to avoid genomic medicine being of benefit merely to a privileged few ...
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Viewpoint: Despite ‘hope and hype’, genome sequencing hasn’t given us revolutionary medical treatments

An emergency room physician, initially unable to diagnose a disoriented patient, finds on the patient a wallet-sized card providing access ...
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Plummeting prices for genetic sequencing open ‘Pandora’s box of ethical concerns’

The speed at which the price of genetic sequencing has fallen has been astonishing, from $50,000 a decade ago to roughly $600 today ...
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If naps don’t work for you, it could be genetics

Naturally, I’ve always been a little jealous of the people who take naps and wake up feeling like a million ...
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Online DNA tests: How can we sort the rubbish from the real science?

The landscape of the consumer genomics market now would have been barely recognizable a decade ago. One study by scholar ...
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Podcast: Bird poop, pus, and the Manhattan project—the surprising origins of the genetic alphabet

Kat Arney explores the origins of the genetic alphabet: A, C, T and G - the four 'letters' that spell ...
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‘Warrior gene’: Some people may be genetically wired for aggressiveness. Should we do anything about it?

“Some people have real problems right out of the starting block. We can't dodge the responsibility for social action." ...
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Trouble dragging yourself to the gym? It could be your genes

It’s long been thought that some people find exercising easier than others. While some will happily jog off to the ...
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Searching for your doppelgänger: Why it’s not so unusual to find a twin

The global reach of the web has allowed people to find others who look like an identical twin, yet share ...
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Mongolians, and their gut bacteria, may be the key to solving lactose intolerance

[Archaeogeneticist Christina] Warinner was there to solve a mystery: Despite the dairy diversity she saw, an estimated 95 percent of ...
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Viewpoint: My daughter taught me that ‘broken’ genes shouldn’t always be fixed

Ruthie is a vibrant teenager. She will never learn how to drive and or read normal-sized print without assistive technology, ...
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Using DNA to crack cold cases: Should police lie to collect evidence from innocent people?

On an October morning in 2018, Eleanor Holmes and her husband left home to run an errand and found two ...
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DNA testing companies are making money off your genetic data. Should they be paying you?

Companies such as 23andMe have proliferated over the past decade, feeding people’s hunger to know who and where they come ...
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Whole genome sequencing could be the next big thing for consumers

Genome sequencing was once impossibly expensive. The Human Genome Project, an international effort to decode the human genome that launched ...
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Why the UK wants to share everything it knows about the genetics of 500,000 Britons

Britain is profiling the genes, health and lifestyles of its citizens and handing the results to scientists across the world ...
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Consumers are losing interest in DNA tests. Is it ‘market saturation, privacy concerns, limited usefulness’?

This past year, Ancestry and 23andMe DNA kit sales on their websites saw major declines, according to new data from Second ...
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When a consumer genetics test pushes your ‘right to know’ against someone else’s ‘right to privacy’

Stephen Wald took a home DNA test in 2018, hoping to explore his family ancestry with his two young children ...
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Viewpoint: To protect genetic privacy, it’s ‘crucial’ that we develop an international code of conduct

Genomics researchers worldwide are increasingly dealing with vast data sets gathered by consortia spanning many countries. Most are unclear on ...
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Viewpoint: Don’t expect genetic matchmaking to help you find your Valentine

Genetic matchmaking is entering the mainstream. The prospect of meeting and selecting potential romantic partners based upon purported DNA compatibility ...
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Why consumers are losing interest in genetic testing

At-home DNA testing companies 23andMe and Ancestry each laid off about 100 employees over the past month, cutting around 14 and 6 percent of ...
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Amish people study suggests environmental factors influence mutations causing disease and evolution more than genes

The rate of new mutations in the human genome appear to be consistent across diverse populations, except one—the Old Order ...