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For those with limited genetic knowledge, at-home ancestry tests fuel misconceptions that genes dictate race

University of Pennsylvania sociologist Wendy Roth [wondered] whether these do-it-yourself tests also fueled the idea that genes dictate race. After ...
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China demands DNA from millions of men and boys, raising questions about privacy and consent

[China’s police force has] swept across the country since late 2017 to collect enough samples to build a vast DNA ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics research was supposed to change human health. Is it time to reconsider investments in the field?

Since its birth 30 years ago, proponents of the Human Genome Project have promised that genetics research would yield untold ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t blame genetics for government ‘indifference, missteps and political calculations’ in COVID-19 deaths

The influx of geneticists studying Covid-19 is good news; brilliant minds that examine a problem from different perspectives is our ...
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Modern population genetics grew out of a shady eugenicist past

[A]s a faculty member at San Francisco State University (SFSU), a public institution that puts social justice at the center ...
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Canaanites—one of the original populations in ancient Israel—are still a coherent genetic group thousands of years later

A new international, interdisciplinary study provides intriguing answers to the origins and history of the Canaanite people. In an article ...
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Why the consumer genetics test boom is a ‘double-edged sword’ for physicians

Like many such advances, availability of [direct to consumer genetic] tests is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it ...
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People with two copies of ‘Alzheimer’s gene’ at greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 infection

The APOE ε4 gene variant that puts people at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease also has a link ...
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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 ...