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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 ...
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How widespread genetic testing could change the way we live, treat disease

More than half of Icelanders have now had their precise genetic make-up sequenced and analysed. ... The aim of such ...
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Viewpoint: We need to stop worrying about whether people can cope with bad news from genetic tests

When the Human Genome Project began in 1990, bioethicists feared that giving people the results of genetic tests would do ...
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Stronger diversity among genetic counselors could help bridge health gap with minority groups

As genetics' role in medicine expands, diversity among providers is crucial, say people working in the field. "It is well ...
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DNA, fruit flies and the quest to treat cancer with precision medicine

"Cancer therapy is becoming customized to each patient." ...
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Northern Quebec’s Inuit communities appear to be ‘genetically distinct’ from all other populations in the world

Researchers have found that Inuit from northern Quebec are genetically distinct from any present-day population in the world, and say ...
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Podcast: Should you get your entire genome sequenced? The pros and cons of diving into your DNA

Given how little we know about how variations in the genome affect health and disease, is direct-to-consumer whole genome sequencing ...
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Precision medicine dampened by lack of diversity in gene research pool

[Anthropologist and bioethicist Sandra Soo-Jin Lee] recently wrote about ethics in personalized medicine research for Science magazine, and we spoke ...
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‘Why did I get cancer?’ We can do more to alleviate ‘angst, guilt’ accompanying a diagnosis

More time spent explaining the biology of cancer to patients can help alleviate angst and guilt.  ...
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Knowledge without context: Why consumer genetic tests can spark needless fears, behavioral changes

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are growing in popularity. They can tell us a lot about our personal building blocks. But there ...
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Inaccuracies in consumer genetic tests for BRCA mutations prompt call for crackdown from UK doctors

Senior doctors have called for a crackdown on consumer genetic tests, following an influx of patients who have been wrongly ...
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Anorexia linked to metabolism in DNA study, opening new treatment avenues

The way we treat anorexia may be changing, thanks to a new study linking the illness to metabolism. The study, ...
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Can DNA-based dating apps help you find a love connection? Don’t count on it, scientists say

With the direct-to-consumer genetic testing market booming, more and more companies are looking to capitalize on the promise of DNA-based ...
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What happens when DNA tests show that white nationalists aren’t as ‘pure’ as they thought?

On the hate site Stormfront, one of the largest online discussion forums dedicated to “white pride,” sharing DNA results with ...
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Where is China’s third CRISPR baby and what does it mean for the genetics revolution?

Last November, Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui shocked the world by announcing that the word’s first gene edited human babies, two ...
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Whole-genome sequencing now costs less than a smart phone. But how much do people want to know about their disease risks?

Veritas Genetics is making a big bet that people want to know what’s in their genome.  The Boston-based company, which ...
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Predicting IQ potential of human embryos may be possible with machine learning, genetic data

[T]he diseases that are most likely to shadow the average person’s life — cancer, heart disease, diabetes — are polygenic, ...
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How a combination of rare mutations created devastating heart problems for this family

Heritable diseases — say Huntington’s, sickle cell anemia, or cystic fibrosis — are typically thought of as the result of ...
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Why we aren’t ready for routine genetic sequencing of newborns: It can ‘raise unsettling questions’

Scientists have found that, so far, a complete genetic readout would be a poor substitute for the traditional blood test ...