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I’m a geneticist. A DNA test uncovered a half-sister and sparked painful questions

My own discovery is so overwhelming that I can’t talk about it much, even though my new half-sister has possibly ...
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Algorithm identifies genetic mutations with just a photo

Some people’s faces — or even just a photo of them — hint at the genes they carry. And now, ...
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23andMe and weight loss: Can consumer DNA-testing company deliver?

Consumer DNA-testing giant 23andMe Inc. plans to add new wellness offerings it hopes will help its customers shed a few pounds, but ...
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Examining the genetic roots of anorexia and other eating disorders

Characterized by extreme caloric restriction resulting in weight loss, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image, anorexia ...
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What the bulldog’s distinctive tail can tell us about this rare human genetic disorder

One of the most distinctive body parts of your typical English bulldog, French bulldog, or Boston terrier—their coiled screw tail—might ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer tests are ‘neither safe nor private’

As millions of Americans sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, the biomedical researcher James Hazel sent out a stark warning about the genetic-testing kits that ...
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Genetics pioneer James Watson stripped of final honorary titles over race views

It's the latest chapter of the dark side of Dr. Watson ...
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Why genealogy tests will ‘send a lot more people to jail’ in 2019

In April [2018], a citizen scientist named Barbara Rae-Venter used a little-known genealogy website called GEDMatch to help investigators find a man ...
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Why DNA ethnicity results are so unreliable

Everyone who received DNA test kits during the holiday season has hopefully spit or swabbed and mailed and is now ...
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Born that way? Dog breed traits are rooted in their genetics, study shows

American Kennel Club descriptions of dog breeds can read like online dating profiles: The border collie is a workaholic; the ...
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Are we ready for the ethical issues surrounding newborn genetic screening?

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to get a complete readout of a person’s genetics with ease, even ...
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Viewpoint: 54 years later, DNA testing revealed my secret biological father

One evening in the winter of 2016, my husband mentioned that he was sending away for one of those commercial ...
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The rise and fall of genetic determinism

We’ve all seen the stark headlines: “Being Rich and Successful Is in Your DNA” (Guardian, July 12); “A New Genetic ...
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Selling yourself: There’s a growing market for your DNA data

Citizen scientists are supplying the data stream to drive precision medicine ...
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Why 2018 was such a big year for DNA data

These were some of the surprising new uses of DNA information that emerged over the last 12 months as genetic ...
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Happy Holidays from the Genetic Literacy Project!

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Bad decision: Did your genes make you do it?

Studies have picked out groups of genes associated with intelligence, academic achievement, criminal activity and other life outcomes. It now ...
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Your genes may affect how much you exercise and sleep

Time spent sitting, sleeping and moving is determined in part by our genes, University of Oxford researchers have shown. In ...
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How anti-Semitism shaped the genes of Jewish people

Evidence of past outrages is not only in the history books. It's also written in our genomes ...
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Here’s what DNA testing companies are doing with all that genetic data

In the past couple of years, genetic-testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe have become popular for finding out family history ...
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Can consumer genetic tests actually make us healthier?

“I believe genetic testing saved my life,” says Kim Horner, author of “Probably Someday Cancer." ...
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Increased suicide risk linked to 4 gene variants in study

University of Utah Health researchers have identified some genetic factors that may increase a person's risk of dying by suicide, ...
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This gene gets blamed for migraines and a litany of other health issues. Reality is more complex

The story of the MTHFR gene shows that genetics is a probabilistic science ...
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Should law enforcement have a universal genetic forensic database?

The idea of the government having access to every citizen’s DNA might sound like an Orwellian nightmare, but recent events suggest we’re ...
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Mitochondrial DNA can be passed on from fathers, too

You probably learned two things about mitochondria in high school biology. First, they’re the powerhouses of the cell. Second, you ...
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Searching for the genetic links to ADHD risk

If you have ADHD, chances are higher that your siblings do, too. Estimates differ as to how strong the connection ...
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Missing data? African study shows why we need to expand the human reference genome

The human genome sequence, first published in 2001, has some important information missing. The latest version of it, called GRCh38, ...