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Beware claims by consumer DNA testing companies: They can’t predict how long you’ll live

“Upload DNA data and know more about yourself,” promises Genomelink, anywhere from fitness-related attributes, such as longevity, pulmonary function, and job-related ...
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Can someone be held responsible when donor sperm leads to a genetic disorder?

After Danielle Rizzo’s first son and then her second were diagnosed with autism, she has struggled with the how and ...
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Time for an upgrade? Swedish study reveals thousands of genetic sequences not found in human reference genome

[I]t’s hard to study genetic sequences if they’re absent from the human reference genome, the product of the $2.7 billion ...
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Aggression, trainability and other dog traits linked to genetics in study

Among 101 dog breeds, scientists found that certain behavioral traits such as trainability or aggression were more likely to be shared ...
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Genetic registry SPARK scores first victory by pinpointing new autism-linked genes

An analysis of genetic sequences from nearly 500 people with autism and their relatives has linked 13 new genes to ...
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23andMe venturing into business of recruiting patients for clinical trials

Consumer genetics giant 23andMe announced [September 26] that it would move deeper into the business of clinical trial recruitment, partnering with a ...
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Chasing origins of anorexia: Are there genetic links to the complicated disorder?

Anorexia has long been treated as a psychological condition. But recent research, including a landmark genome-wide association study, are prompting scientists ...
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Trump administration wants to collect DNA from detained immigrants

The Trump administration plans to vastly expand a program to collect DNA information from migrants in detention and enter it ...
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Baby’s death spurs search for answers: Genetic testing, counseling offer insights, warnings for couple’s future

The effort to get genetic counseling where it needs to be is still an uphill battle ...
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Hypersexuality a medical condition? Scientists find genetic links to compulsive sexual behavior

Although it can have a significantly negative impact on a person's quality of life, whether compulsive sexual behavior qualifies as a ...
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What sperm banks could learn from Fox’s ‘Almost Family’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel ‘The Testaments’

It’s time for tighter regulation of assisted reproductive technologies ...
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Anonymous no more: AncestryDNA test reveals identity of woman’s stem cell donor

In 2017, Holly Becker took an AncestryDNA test, and the results, she would only later learn, exactly matched those of ...
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Worried about genetic privacy? This start-up is offering anonymous DNA sequencing

The upstart direct-to-consumer DNA-testing company Nebula Genomics announced on [September 19] that it will offer anonymous genome sequencing, becoming the first to do ...
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Brain scans, like DNA, can say a lot about who you are. That creates ethical, privacy concerns.

Many people are aware—and properly protective—of the vast stores of information contained in their DNA. When DNA samples were collected ...
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Viewpoint: Study’s inability to find a ‘gay gene’ provides affirmation for LGBTQ community

As a scientist, I am fascinated by the new international study that found thousands of genetic variants associated with same-sex sexual behavior, ...
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In the age of DNA, sperm donors can no longer expect promises of anonymity to stand up

For generations, it was a basic tenet of donating sperm: Clinics could forever protect their clients’ identities. But, increasingly, donor ...
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We’re different. We’re the same. Genomic databases require diversity to illuminate human commonalities and disparities

I edited this month’s Critic at Large essay, a piece from Jackson Laboratory Scientific Director Charles Lee on the need to inject large-scale genomic ...
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Length matters? DNA testing companies claim to assess stress, health and aging by measuring your telomeres

By determining length of your chromosome tips - also known as telomeres - testing companies claim to offer an insight ...
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What should you do after you take a DNA test? Delete your data.

[D]irect-to-consumer DNA testing is highly unregulated. A genetic test in the doctor's office is protected by HIPAA laws, which limit its sharing ...
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‘Short sleepers’: People with this genetic mutation need less sleep than the rest of us

[T]hanks to a mother and daughter who share a rare genetic mutation—and who routinely need just six hours of sleep ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer genetic testing plagued by inaccuracies that can be misleading, or even harmful

Polygenic risk scores currently account for only a small proportion of your total genetic risk ...
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‘All of Us’: NIH precision medicine study will share genetic data with participants, offer counseling

The nearly 200,000 Americans who have trusted federal scientists with their DNA, their medical records, and detailed behavioral surveys will ...
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No ‘gay gene’: Massive study finds no specific genetic predictors for sexual behavior, preferences

The once-prevailing concept of a “gay gene” dictating sexual orientation has been put to rest in a powerhouse study ...
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FamilyTreeDNA shares customers’ genetic data with FBI. Founder calls it ‘the right decision’

Millions of consumers use genetic data to gain insight into family roots or learn about health risks. The boom has ...
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DNA sequencing clinics catering to curious wealthy clients

Seizing on the surging popularity of at-home DNA testing kits, top academic medical institutions are opening clinics that promise to ...
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Viewpoint: Prenatal DNA intelligence predictors ignore environment’s role in IQ

When we examine the way DNA IQ predictors are generated, we see scientists grouping people with similar IQ test results ...
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1983 sex assault mystery solved by DNA testing

A Florida woman who woke up to a stranger sexually assaulting her 36 years ago may finally get justice after ...
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Viewpoint: I wish I learned about my breast cancer risk from a genetic counselor instead of 23andMe

I opened the email from 23andMe, saying a report was ready for me to read. That click changed my life ...