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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] ...
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Two copies of a gene from only a single parent—This ‘genetic quirk’ may not be as rare as we thought

A supposedly rare genetic quirk might be more common than we think, according to new research out [October 10]. The ...
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Beware claims by consumer DNA testing companies: They can’t predict how long you’ll live

“Upload DNA data and know more about yourself,” promises Genomelink, anywhere from fitness-related attributes, such as longevity, pulmonary function, and job-related ...
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Can someone be held responsible when donor sperm leads to a genetic disorder?

After Danielle Rizzo’s first son and then her second were diagnosed with autism, she has struggled with the how and ...
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Time for an upgrade? Swedish study reveals thousands of genetic sequences not found in human reference genome

[I]t’s hard to study genetic sequences if they’re absent from the human reference genome, the product of the $2.7 billion ...
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Aggression, trainability and other dog traits linked to genetics in study

Among 101 dog breeds, scientists found that certain behavioral traits such as trainability or aggression were more likely to be shared ...
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Genetic registry SPARK scores first victory by pinpointing new autism-linked genes

An analysis of genetic sequences from nearly 500 people with autism and their relatives has linked 13 new genes to ...
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23andMe venturing into business of recruiting patients for clinical trials

Consumer genetics giant 23andMe announced [September 26] that it would move deeper into the business of clinical trial recruitment, partnering with a ...
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Chasing origins of anorexia: Are there genetic links to the complicated disorder?

Anorexia has long been treated as a psychological condition. But recent research, including a landmark genome-wide association study, are prompting scientists ...
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Trump administration wants to collect DNA from detained immigrants

The Trump administration plans to vastly expand a program to collect DNA information from migrants in detention and enter it ...
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Baby’s death spurs search for answers: Genetic testing, counseling offer insights, warnings for couple’s future

The effort to get genetic counseling where it needs to be is still an uphill battle ...
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Hypersexuality a medical condition? Scientists find genetic links to compulsive sexual behavior

Although it can have a significantly negative impact on a person's quality of life, whether compulsive sexual behavior qualifies as a ...
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What sperm banks could learn from Fox’s ‘Almost Family’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel ‘The Testaments’

It’s time for tighter regulation of assisted reproductive technologies ...
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Anonymous no more: AncestryDNA test reveals identity of woman’s stem cell donor

In 2017, Holly Becker took an AncestryDNA test, and the results, she would only later learn, exactly matched those of ...
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Worried about genetic privacy? This start-up is offering anonymous DNA sequencing

The upstart direct-to-consumer DNA-testing company Nebula Genomics announced on [September 19] that it will offer anonymous genome sequencing, becoming the first to do ...
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Brain scans, like DNA, can say a lot about who you are. That creates ethical, privacy concerns.

Many people are aware—and properly protective—of the vast stores of information contained in their DNA. When DNA samples were collected ...