How to choose the best DNA tests to understand your health risks

How to choose the best DNA tests to understand your health risks

Jeanne Erdmann | 
The at-home genetic testing market for health conditions is soaring, and the kits are more affordable than ever. The process ...
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Podcast: Polymerase chain reaction—The ‘transformative’ tool that sparked a genetics revolution

Kat Arney | 
In this episode we’re taking a look at the story and the characters behind one of the most transformative - ...

Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright, and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

Kristen Hovet | 
The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...

Podcast: Can we harness the power of germline editing without inviting disaster?

Christopher Gyngell, Kevin Folta | 
Gene editing has moved rapidly from the lab to real-world applications in medicine, yielding novel treatments for diseases like sickle ...
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DNA A-to-F: Can genes predict if kids will succeed in school?

Daisy Yuhas | 
[Social scientist Ben] Domingue and his colleagues found that [a] polygenic score could help identify which groups of high schoolers ...
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1 in 7 COVID patients have genetic flaws that dramatically increase their vulnerability

Meredith Wadman | 
[S]cientists baffled by [COVID-19’s] ferocity have wondered whether the body’s vanguard virus fighter, a molecular messenger called type I interferon, ...
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How accurate are the ‘ethnicity estimates’ claimed by DNA genealogy companies?

Caitlin Harrington | 
Since 2012, more than 18 million people have mailed their spit-filled vials to [Ancestry DNA], which analyzes the genetic material ...
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‘Editing Humanity’: Kevin Davies’ new book on CRISPR, the ‘miracle of our age’

Carl Zimmer | 
“The Crispr story has arrived for the grand telling as a miracle of our age,” the [MIT Technology Review announced ...

How anti-Semitism shaped the genes of Jewish people

Ricki Lewis | 
Evidence of past outrages is not only in the history books. It's also written in our genomes ...
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The Goldilocks phenomenon: Why as many as 45% of patients get COVID and show no symptoms

Emily Laber-Warren | 
One of the reasons Covid-19 has spread so swiftly around the globe is that for the first days after infection, ...
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The Great migrations in the US in the first half of the 20th century show up in our genes

Shawna Williams | 
[Software engineer Chengzhen Dai] and his advisor, designer and engineer Carlo Ratti, teamed up with population geneticist Alicia Martin of ...
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Your personal genomic profile could guide treatment if you contract COVID

Over the past few months, a number of drugs have been under investigation to treat COVID-19 without well-established safety or data to ...
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Drugs tailored to your personal genomics: New partnership between 23andMe and GlaxoSmithKline

Kate Sheridan | 
The California-based [23andMe] is now focused on a partnership with pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline to discover new drugs using data culled ...
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Can we use DNA to sketch the faces of criminals?

Carrie Arnold | 
Most labs studying DNA phenotyping look for relationships between changes to individual letters of a person’s genetic code, known as ...

Ostrich Paradox: How our inability to process risk is crippling responses to COVID

Lia Kvatum | 
The question is… Why do some take the threat of the virus more seriously than others? Your risk of contracting ...
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Asians and Blacks dramatically under-represented in medical research, distorting drug therapy effectiveness

Chief Ben-Eghan, Jose Sergio Hleap, Rosie Sun | 
A 2018 analysis of studies looking for genetic variants associated with disease found that under-representation [of minorities] persists: 78% of ...
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Craving to catch the last rays of summer? It’s likely in your genes

[P]eople’s behaviour towards seeking sun is complicated by a genetic predisposition, and this needs to be taken into account when ...
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How one person was spontaneously cured of HIV—and what that may mean in the fight against AIDS

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Twice, people infected with HIV have had levels of the virus in their bodies drop to undetectable levels after bone marrow ...
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Resurrection of phrenology? AI’s quest to link facial features and criminality has a shady Victorian legacy

Catherine Stinson | 
'Phrenology’ has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting ...
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Podcast: Rare genetic disorders and pregnancy—Navigating an ’emotionally challenging’ journey

Kat Arney, Kira Dineen, Ron Jortner | 
We look at the progress that’s been made in tackling rare genetic disorders (and the challenges that remain) and we ...

DNA testing reveals buried family secrets

Caitlin Harrington | 
[T]echnology has a way of creating new consequences for old decisions. Today, some 30 million people have taken consumer DNA ...

DNA testing in the workplace

Tom Spiggle | 
To help prevent genetic discrimination, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Let’s take a look at this law ...
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Debating group differences in intelligence: A conversation with philosopher Nathan Cofnas

Grégoire Canlorbe, Nathan Cofnas | 
Nathan Cofnas is an American philosopher and philosophy PhD Candidate at Oxford University. He is known for his works on ...
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Personalized medicine and precision nutrition: Biases distort how individuals respond to health risks

Richard Williams | 
Some people fear sharks more than cars, although the probability of dying in a car is over 30,000 times higher. And ...
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Gene mutation makes some people more susceptible to the coronavirus

[R]esearch published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analysed variation of the genetic makeup of four young male patients ...
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‘Tantalizing solutions’: How we are developing the next generation of cancer drugs

Stephen Ornes | 
Cancer treatments have always been linked to a specific part of the body — these drugs for breast cancer, and ...
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Coronavirus highlights why the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is ripe for overhaul

Pete Shanks | 
[Palantir] has been hired and has assigned 45 staff to a project “designed to predict surges in NHS demand during the ...
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