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Privacy concerns? Genetic testing companies pressed by US lawmakers

Pressure is growing on direct-to-consumer genealogy and genetic testing companies to be more transparent about their privacy policies, after the ...
6-17-2018 Home-DNA-Test

3 questions to ask before buying a home DNA test

[One] DNA test found that my family’s dog, Teddy, is part pit bull, which comes as no surprise. Many rescue ...
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DNA spit test for prostate cancer risk?

A new DNA "spit test" for prostate cancer can identify men who have an increased risk of developing the disease ...
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If DNA can predict facial construction, how can we ever have genetic privacy?

DNA can now predict your facial structure. What does that mean for personal privacy? ...
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Viewpoint: Why we aren’t yet on the verge of a preemie prediction test

Earlier this month, I saw an interesting juxtaposition of newly-published papers making headlines. One was about predicting breast cancer recurrence ...
6-10-2018 cyber-hacker2

Why would hackers want your DNA?

DNA testing service MyHeritage [recently] revealed that hackers had breached 92 million of its accounts. Though the hackers only accessed encrypted ...
privacy 6 13 18

Consumer genetic tests and loss of privacy: ‘It’s often the price you pay’

For a few hundred dollars and a spit sample, you too could take a journey of genetic self-discovery. You may ...
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Viewpoint: Expansion of BRCA screening creates need to know more about breast cancer, treatments

Consumer DNA tests can now check for breast-cancer-causing BRCA mutations, however, cancer risk is highly misunderstood ...
6-6-2018 dna-sequence

Viewpoint: Public genome project would be good for Ireland’s health

Ireland needs to join the growing number of countries performing national public genome projects. Our European neighbours in Finland, Denmark, ...
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‘Uncertainty is over’ for breast cancer patients considering chemotherapy

For many breast cancer patients, one of the most difficult treatment decisions is whether or not to go through chemotherapy ...
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Expanded genetic testing of newborns could help us get the most out of new gene therapies

The company behind [spinal muscular atrophy drug] AveXis, is seeing the most dramatic results in children who are treated in ...
6-5-2018 golden-state-killer-left-dna-on-car-door-handle

Small genealogy website GEDmatch ‘never expected’ its criminal-catching use

Ever since investigators revealed that a genealogy website led police to arrest a man as California’s notorious Golden State Killer, interest ...
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Parents of acutely ill newborns find answers through DNA sequencing

Hope for [children with rare genetic diseases] and their families may be coming in the form of DNA sequencing, or ...
5-30-2018 pregnant-women-1

Genes linked to schizophrenia significantly increase risk if there are pregnancy complications

Far be it from us to tell 23andMe how to run its business, but if it or any other DNA company wants ...
5-30-2018 24-genetics.w710.h473

Viewpoint: Genetic intelligence tests are ‘worse than just wrong’

On a recent visit to [genetic data website] DNA.Land, I scanned down the list of traits they offered to tell ...
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Viewpoint: Are you being duped? Some direct-to-consumer genetic tests are ‘complete trash’

[H]ow accurate are [direct-to-consumer] genetic tests?  The truth is that testing runs the gamut of quality, ranging from medical-grade accuracy to ...
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Can the Egyptian fruit bat’s unusual genome show us how to fight deadly Marburg virus?

The Egyptian fruit bat's immune system enables it to peacefully co-exist with Marburg virus, which can cause a swiftly deadly ...
5-28-2018 AlcoholGuidelines_0418

Faulty gene may be link between heart failure and alcohol use

Scientists have discovered a new link between alcohol, genes and heart health. They found a faulty gene may interact with ...
5-28-2018 dna-12-18-17-1-1

Here’s what you get from 3 very different at-home genetic tests

For health testing, I sent spit samples to 23andMe, Genos and Veritas Genetics, three companies that represent the various levels of DNA testing available ...
5-25-2018 MosaicArtOshkosh

Why can your DNA vary from cell to cell? Mosaicism is a ‘hidden mix of mutations’

James Priest couldn’t make sense of it. He was examining the DNA of a desperately ill baby, searching for a ...
5-25-2018 criminal+DNA

What the search for the Golden State Killer means for public DNA databases and law enforcement

Law enforcement and genetic genealogists didn’t waste any time after public DNA databases led to the Golden State Killer suspect... A ...
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Humans may have more genes than we thought—and why it matters

Estimates for the number of genes in the human genome have been trending downward, from 50,000–100,000 (a figure widely cited ...
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DNA from unmarked graves of slaves could lead to modern descendants

The cemetery of the enslaved workers of the [Catoctin] iron furnace was rediscovered in 1979 — 116 years after Abraham ...
5-17-2018 dog-2126677_1920_opt

How genes affect your dog’s athleticism—and what we might learn about ourselves

Compare the sprinting Shetland sheepdog with the sluggish St. Bernard, and it’s clear a dog’s genes play a large role ...
5-25-2018 Genetic+Counselor+Lauren+Bryl+and+patient

As precision medicine explodes, there aren’t enough genetic counselors to go around

[When Nancy] Wurtzel stared at the blue glow of her computer screen announcing she had two copies of the ApoE4 ...
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Luna DNA startup wants to trade company shares for your genetic and health data

San Diego startup Luna DNA hopes to create a database of donated DNA, health records and diet/exercise information for medical ...
5-24-2018 23andme-3_custom-5747f626085f1b083bcfab0907333eedf32fca17-s900-c85

Viewpoint: Why ‘do-it-yourself’ genetic testing is a dangerous game

A few years back, I learned of a patient who had her DNA tested by one company and then interpreted ...
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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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