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Podcast: The phrase ‘Who’s Your (Grand) Daddy’ has shocking relevance to Jack Nunn, as the Australian geneticist learns of his surprising link to Britain’s most notorious ‘sperminator’

Consumer genetic tests are becoming widespread - but what happens when an innocent investigation reveals dark family secrets? ...
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How fertile are you? ‘Ovarian reserve’ DTC tests that count your eggs offer mixture of control and misinformation

Joining the reproductive fray are tests designed to assess fertility by counting the number of eggs left in a woman's ...
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Sex-linked mutations point to need for closer look at causes of autism in women, study suggests

Autism may stem from a different — and larger — set of genetic mutations in women than it does in ...
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Genetic mutation blamed for mysterious heart condition killing young members of Amish community

[D]octors at the Mayo Clinic say they’ve uncovered the cause of a mysterious heart condition that had suddenly killed over ...
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Novels ‘All About Evie’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’ illustrate how DNA tests can reveal ‘dark secrets’, from rape to unknown siblings

It was inevitable that fiction writers would begin weaving unexpected DNA test results into their narratives ...
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Collecting DNA samples from migrant detainees opens door to enhanced government surveillance

[T]he United States government will begin collecting DNA samples from thousands of people detained by immigration officials, including minors, and ...
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Can a DNA test determine if your biological age matches your chronological age?

I consider myself to be a fairly healthy person, to my own standards at least. But does my DNA tell ...
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Do genetics determine our political beliefs? Why twin studies may not be able to answer the question

In the late 1960s, researchers began to consider the interaction between genes and environment as a possible basis for all ...
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Podcast: How old is your dog in human years? Genetic study offers a new way to answer that question

How old is your four-legged best friend? Common wisdom says that a dog ages seven years for every human year ...
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DNA to be collected from migrants in custody through Trump administration pilot program

The Trump administration will begin collecting DNA samples from some migrants in US Customs and Border Protection custody as part ...
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‘Connecticut vampire’s’ identity revealed through genetic analysis of remains

Back in 1990, children playing near a gravel pit in Griswold, Connecticut, stumbled across a pair of skulls that had broken ...
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BRCA nightmare: Genetic testing analysis changes—after preventive surgery

When she was in her early 30s, Katy Mathes decided to check her cancer risk. A genetic test showed a ...
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We don’t know enough yet to effectively pick embryos to get smarter, taller children, study says

Despite advances in understanding the combined effects of multiple genes on complex traits in humans, efforts to choose embryos based ...
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Underdiagnosed mutation in African American populations increases risk of heart failure

An underdiagnosed genetic mutation in people of African descent carries an increased risk for heart failure, according to a study ...
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Should parents be allowed to choose a child’s sexual orientation through gene editing?

Where do our sexual preferences come from? Most of us don’t stop to ponder, simply because there’s no need to ...
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Does your DNA leave a unique identifying code? Not always, if you get a bone marrow transplant

Three months after his bone marrow transplant, Chris Long of Reno, Nev., learned that the DNA in his blood had ...
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Does the ‘genetics revolution’ unsettle you? Here is a guide, and reasons to be hopeful

I'm thrilled that DNA science has become so much more tangible and practical. Yet we must use the information wisely ...
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Computer simulation suggests we aren’t even close to designing better babies

It’s difficult to talk about genetic selection without the umbrella of morality or ethics. Yet like all scientific advancements, it ...
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China wants to use DNA to map faces. Is it a technology for ‘hunting people’?

Chinese scientists are trying to find a way to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s ...
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DNA databases as crime deterrent: As more ‘cold cases’ are solved, are would-be criminals growing wary?

Some research suggests the mere existence of DNA databases may now be helping to prevent crime. But even if that’s ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer genetic tests and scant privacy protections give us reason to be ‘terrified’

[Y]ou don’t have to be Orwell to understand that the decision to allow a profit-driven company to analyze a person’s ...
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‘Regulatory Wild West? DNA startups claim they can assess sexual preferences, depression risk, longevity and drinking proclivity

Genomelink is just one of a growing number of shady DNA testing startups now operating in the regulatory Wild West ...
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How well-intentioned research into ‘gay genes’ spawned controversial DNA screening app

A giant collection of carefully cataloged genomes, called the UK Biobank, was about to become available to researchers. … To [researcher ...
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Campaign in France to loosen ban on direct-to-consumer DNA testing gains traction

The French ban on direct-to-consumer genetic testing is part of the country’s bioethics laws, which legislators are supposed to revise every ...
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Can we find the keys to drug abuse, opioid addiction in our genes?

We still have much to learn about genetics, addiction, and even the brain itself ...
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‘Game changer’ for genetic privacy: Court forces GEDmatch to open its million-person genealogy database to police scrutiny

A Florida state judge has reportedly allowed police to search the entirety of the public genealogy website GEDmatch — home ...
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Can genetic screening help identify soldiers less likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder?

Research offers new support for the idea that genetics can play a key role in determining why some people develop ...