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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 ...
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Genetic sequencing for everyone? UK trial program challenged as ‘ethically questionable’

Plans for the National Health Service to sequence the DNA of every baby born in the UK, starting with a ...
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‘It raises all kind of questions about eugenics’: Startup offering to screen embryos to help parents pick best babies

Anxious couples are approaching fertility doctors in the US with requests for a hotly debated new genetic test being called ...
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Viewpoint: DNA-tailored diets? Sorry, but the science isn’t there yet

Genetic testing services that tell you what to eat based on your DNA are everywhere. Will tailoring my diet to ...
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How the pursuit of better education, career opportunities may be creating regional genetic inequalities

Highlighting non-ancestral genetic differences could be an important step in alleviating the harmful results of social stratification ...
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Why the genetic database GEDmatch represents a ‘security risk’ for the US

A private DNA ancestry database that’s been used by police to catch criminals is a security risk from which a ...
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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi’s remains may have been identified with new rapid DNA testing technology

On Sunday (October 27), President Donald Trump announced that US Special Operations forces had cornered Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the current ...
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Can DNA predict a person’s facial features? New forensic tool gets us closer, by deducing hair, eye and skin color

Could DNA testing predict faces to go with found body parts? ...
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Consumer genetic tests shouldn’t be used to make health decisions, experts warn

People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned. The University of ...
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Could a pill make you need less sleep? This genetics research suggests it could happen

We all wish we could get by on less sleep, but one father and son actually can—without suffering any health ...
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Emerging field of ‘social genomics’ comes with ethical, societal risks: ‘Who’s going to benefit?’

By looking at the genomes of people living in former coal-mining areas, [geneticist Abdel Abdellaoui] has found genetic signatures associated ...
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Controversial DNA tests promise to match patients with correct psychiatric drugs. And now some insurers are paying for them

As a teenager, Katie Gruman was prescribed one mental health drug after another. None seemed to help her manage symptoms ...
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Ancestry tests underreport African genetic diversity, limiting benefits of precision medicine for blacks. Here’s how we can change that.

The newly-sequenced African genomes will help fill in the outlines of the origin and diversification of humanity ...
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‘Gross and dangerous”: Genetic test for same-sex attraction condemned by scientists

In August, a group of researchers published the results of a massive genome-wide association study on homosexual behavior. The take-home message ...
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Trump Administration proposes DNA collection from immigrants crossing the border for database of asylum seekers

The Justice Department is proposing to begin collecting DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of immigrants crossing the border, creating ...
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Consumer genetic health-test market expands: Ancestry launches new service, paired with professional counseling

Ancestry, the consumer genetics company that has until now focused on helping people understand their family history, on [October 15] ...