2-17-2018 early_diagnosis_current_research_hero

Ovarian cancer could be linked to father’s X chromosome

Data from a large, long-term study of US families indicates women may inherit ovarian cancer through the X chromosome passed ...
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Chasing the ‘warrior gene’ and why it looks like a dud so far

The year is 2025. The US has gone to war. Young Americans are being conscripted in droves, and those with ...
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Cancer quest: Moonshot initiative melds genetic data with supercomputers, but keep expectations in check

It’s been two years since the Cancer Moonshot Initiative was unveiled during President Obama’s final State of the Union speech ...
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‘Inherently imperfect’: Why ancestry tests are often misunderstood

It’s right there in the fine print of any consumer DNA test, if you bother to read it: DNA testing ...
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Viewpoint: Your family should know if any of your genetic mutations are linked to cancer

Editor's note: Charité Ricker is a cancer genetic counselor at the University of Southern California For 15 years I have counseled patients ...
Video: DNA ancestry tests can change the identity of those who see themselves as 'white’

Video: DNA ancestry tests can change the identity of those who see themselves as ‘white’

As more Americans take advantage of genetic testing to pinpoint the makeup of their DNA, the technology is coming head ...
Genetically attracted: Online dating site wants to use DNA for matchmaking

Genetically attracted: Online dating site wants to use DNA for matchmaking

With the online dating market exploding into a multi-billion dollar business, it's no surprise that entrepreneurs crave a piece of ...
2-7-2018 Breast-Cancer-Story-Women-Under-40

Testing ovarian cancer patients for BRCA gene mutations to better understand risk

Thousands of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will be tested to see if they are hidden carriers of the gene ...
2-6-2018 Olympic_Athletes_Hub_cta

Future Olympic athletes could be required to have their entire DNA sequenced to test for ‘gene doping’

For years, the World Anti-Doping Agency has considered requiring all Olympic athletes to submit copies of their genetic code. It ...
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Should you test your baby for genetic disease risks at birth?

Before Cheryl Connolly gave birth to her first child, Loudon, she ran through the checklist of all the things expecting ...
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Harvard’s George Church targets consumer genetic testing market, offering royalties for users

Harvard University genetics guru George Church — one of the scientists at the forefront of the CRISPR genetic engineering revolution ...
Viewpoint: Public enthusiasm for genetics tempered by distrust, privacy concerns

Viewpoint: Public enthusiasm for genetics tempered by distrust, privacy concerns

Cheaper genome sequencing is expanding our ability to understand risks associated with genetic mutations. But not everyone embraces these advances, ...
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Searching for sleep: Genome mining project looks for insomnia links

In a genetic study of unprecedented size, scientists have searched for inherited causes of insomnia in the DNA [of] 1,310,010 ...
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The regenerating axolotl: What can we learn from its giant genome?

Scientists have decoded the genome of the axolotl, the Mexican amphibian with a Mona Lisa smile. It has 32 billion ...
2-1-2018 brca-helix_b

‘Cancer causing’ BRCA genes are often misunderstood

Some of the first genes identified as risk factors for cancer, the BRCAs (BReast CAncer genes) are really about much ...
1-31-2018 handheld

‘Like a mobile phone’: The genome sequencer that fits in your pocket

Scientists have used a device that fits in the palm of the hand to sequence the human genome. They say ...
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Viewpoint: Racism rather than ‘race’ better explains racial disparities in addiction and other diseases

[T]he assumption that health disparities are caused by race rather than racism permeates more subtly in the practices of many ...
1-30-2018 atheistnoprob

Are atheists smarter than religious people?

Of course, there are examples of extremely intelligent individuals with strong religious convictions. But various studies have found that, on ...
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Sperm donor children can sometimes track down their once-anonymous dads using consumer DNA tests

There was a time when a man could anonymously donate sperm to a couple or woman trying to conceive and ...
1-29-2018 Lupus

This may explain why women are more likely to develop lupus

Every year, 16,000 cases of lupus are reported in the United States — 9 out of 10 of them in women. Scientists ...
You might soon be able to sell your DNA in cryptocurrency

You might soon be able to sell your DNA in cryptocurrency

[I]f a new startup is successful, you will soon be able to spit in a cup, upload your genetic code ...
1-29-2018 autistic-child-playing-e1428877807240

How heritable is autism? Twins research suggests we may be vastly underestimating it

An analysis of DNA variants suggests the heritability of childhood behavior problems, including autism traits, is about 6 percent, researchers ...
1-28-2018 parents-and-crying-baby-at-home

‘Genetic nurture’: Parents’ genes affect how they raise their children

A new paper [January 26] in Science suggests a fascinating new twist on this interaction between our genes and our environment. Our ...
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NBC News’ Richard Engel’s son diagnosed with Rett syndrome. Why that’s such a rarity

The Today Show recently reported the sad story of Henry Engel—the toddler son of correspondent Richard Engel and his wife Mary Forrest who ...
Genetic 'switch' could slow spread of cancer in patients with high-fat diets

Genetic ‘switch’ could slow spread of cancer in patients with high-fat diets

In a set of papers published in the journals Nature Genetics and Nature Communications, researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Cancer Center at ...
1-24-2018 husky-white-blue-eyes-dog-photograph-blue-eyes

Why Huskies have blue eyes—and why it might matter for understanding human diseases

[A] new study may help salvage the [direct-to-consumer genomics] field by turning to a previously untapped pool of subjects: dogs ...
Marrying close relatives offers genetic risks and benefits for offspring

Marrying close relatives offers genetic risks and benefits for offspring

Endogamy is a powerful but controversial cultural tool. It also can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
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‘An awful lot of spit’: Consumer DNA test market booms as consumers ‘take control of their health’

When AncestryDNA sold some 1.5 million of its genetic testing kits over Black Friday weekend, it seemed like clear evidence that after ...