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Can scientists keep white nationalists from misusing population genetics research?

Stormfront and similar online forums, as well as the comment sections on “alt-right” news websites and Twitter accounts, regularly host ...
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The future of ‘genetic genealogy’ crime solving

Just three weeks ago, law enforcement in California announced the arrest of the Golden State Killer using DNA. … On ...
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Single gene variant could explain why Peruvians among world’s shortest people

Hundreds of genes influence how tall a person is, but most make an imperceptible difference—perhaps a millimeter, for example. Now, ...
5-16-2018 skincare

Viewpoint: I know my skin better than a ‘DNA-optimized’ skincare routine does

LifeDNA purports to take your DNA data from companies like 23andMe, and, relying on findings from “over 1,100 peer-reviewed studies,” ...
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This journalist lost a bet, and now he has to put his DNA results on the internet

It all started after the arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer in April. Police had uploaded crime-scene DNA to ...
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New forensic tool: Using DNA to predict hair, eye and skin color

On May 14, a man walking along the shore on Gabriola Island in British Columbia came upon a washed-up human ...
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Viewpoint: Don’t expect to find ‘the real you’ in a direct-to-consumer DNA test

In the hope of discovering more about themselves, millions of people have sent DNA-filled tubes of spit to commercial testing companies throughout ...
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome may be linked to genetic mutations

It’s been called a parent’s worst nightmare, and one that very few of us have ever needed words to describe ...
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Arrest in Golden State Killer case ‘probably not a lucky find at all, but a totally expected one’

A DNA database led police to the Golden State Killer suspect through data his distant cousins had uploaded. Now, population genetics researchers ...
Viewpoint: Doctors need better training if DNA sequencing becomes standard care

Viewpoint: Doctors need better training if DNA sequencing becomes standard care

[Recently] the CEO of Pennsylvania health care provider Geisinger announced that its doctors will now offer patients DNA sequencing “as part of ...
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DNA sequencing as standard preventative care. Are we there yet?

Geisinger doctors will soon start offering patients DNA sequencing as part of routine preventative care, the Danville, Pennsylvania-based health system's ...
5-10-2018 tristam-dna

Consumer DNA tests: Answering questions ‘we didn’t even know we had’

23andMe is among a crop of new services that have arrived to help us mine our genetic material for answers ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why Eric Lander’s praise for James Watson struck a nerve

"As Twitter explodes, Eric Lander apologizes for toasting James Watson,” raged the headline from STAT on Monday, May 14 as the ...
Are you a human or a dog? Some consumer DNA tests don't seem to know the difference

Are you a human or a dog? Some consumer DNA tests don’t seem to know the difference

A Chicago-based NBC station sent one reporter’s DNA to a handful of home DNA tests to compare the results. And just for ...
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DNA health and and ancestry test for pets? Why would you want to do that?

The market for at-home DNA tests has exploded. Curious to find out about their ancestry, risk of disease, diet, and athletic ...
5-6-2018 dims (2)

Viewpoint: Golden State Killer case provokes discussion about ethics and DNA

Last week’s arrest of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California has highlighted how DNA samples that ...
5-3-2018 always-there-for-you

What dog lovers get right and wrong about canine genetics

Dog lovers talk a big game when it comes to genetics. Who hasn’t heard someone claim to know which breeds ...
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Antidepressant matchmaker? Genetic test could help identify correct drugs faster

Depression is a complicated condition, and so are the people it affects. It’s often difficult — and can take months ...
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Are we in danger of losing blue-eyed redheads? Not likely

For every 100 people in the world, only one or two will have red hair. And when you meet a ...
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Paternal connection: Some autism-linked mutations may come from unaffected fathers

Some children with autism carry rare mutations in DNA segments that flank genes and control their expression—and they tend to ...
4-30-2018 spareroomdnakit

Viewpoint: Why you should be wary of ‘personalized’ DNA lifestyle tests

A wave of new [DNA] tests claim to make all sorts of personalized lifestyle recommendations—from what skin-care products you should ...
4-29-2018 Biobiz

Tackling cancer with precision medicine

Precision medicine is not really new. Doctors have always wanted to deliver increasingly personalized care. The current term describes a ...
4-30-2018 depression (1)

44 genetic variants linked to depression — and we may all carry some of them

Depression is a tricky beast. Symptoms vary widely from person to person, as does the response to treatment. But there’s no ...
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Royal quest: Chinese DNA tests driven by desire to find evidence of imperial descent

Li Jiewen’s family might seem pretty ordinary, but according to a long-held family belief, they’re descended from royalty. … Last ...
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Adolf Hitler’s grandson? French plumber hopes DNA test proves his claim

A French plumber is taking a DNA to prove he is Adolf Hitler's grandson after his grandmother had a fling with ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time to stop ‘connecting race to intelligence’

The race-and-IQ debate is back. The latest round started a few weeks ago when Harvard geneticist David Reich wrote a ...
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Defining ‘normal’ in an era of precision medicine is challenging

The definition of “normal” values for common laboratory tests often governs the diagnosis, treatment, and overall management of tested individuals ...
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Do genes affect our intelligence? The debate ‘is over’

Researchers are now becoming confident enough to claim that the information available from sequencing a person’s genome – the instructions ...