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Genetic privacy and the case of the Golden State Killer—diving into the science

Consumer DNA testing companies are rushing to reassure customers about the security of their genetic information following news that DNA ...
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Review: David Reich’s ‘Who We Are and How We Got Here’ fails to examine ethical issues around DNA research

In Who We Are and How We Got Here, David Reich gracefully describes how recent advances in genomics have enabled ...
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Tale of two families: Exome sequencing and faster diagnosis of rare disorders

Sailing from New York City to London a century ago took days; today the trip takes hours by air. Similarly, ...
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Kidney cancer: New DNA test can measure whether tumor might be fatal

Hundreds of people with kidney cancer could be spared surgery with a DNA test that can identify whether tumours are ...
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Why does a drug work for you, but not for your sibling or friend? It’s in the genes

If you think you're not getting the same benefit from an over-the-counter medicine you've taken that others are getting, your ...
DNA sequencing for mass data collection may lower consumer costs to zero

DNA sequencing for mass data collection may lower consumer costs to zero

A well-organized, highly curated database of genetic data from millions of people is a potential goldmine for drug company researchers ...
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Fighting deadly adverse drug reactions through precision medicine

Lee Tan, a 41-year-old marketing professional and copywriter in Vancouver, Canada, was diagnosed with high blood pressure three years ago ...
23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki: No need for experts to interpret direct-to-consumer breast and ovarian cancer tests

23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki: No need for experts to interpret direct-to-consumer breast and ovarian cancer tests

My company, 23andMe, recently received FDA authorization for the first ever direct-to-consumer genetic test for an inherited risk for cancer. Specifically, it tests for ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine based on white populations could ‘reinforce existing societal and economic inequalities’

Sequencing the human genome has shown us that we are mostly all made up of the same stuff, but it’s ...
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CRISPR 2.0: Tweaking gene editing tool to revolutionize precision medicine

CRISPR has been hailed as one of the most promising gene editing technologies and promises to revolutionize precision medicine and ...
Estonia becomes first nation to provide state-sponsored DNA testing

Estonia becomes first nation to provide state-sponsored DNA testing

Estonia, a former Soviet territory nestled in the Baltic region between Latvia and Russia, has become the first nation to ...
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‘Game changer’ for Huntington’s? New genetic treatments on horizon

“It came completely out of the blue,” says James*. They had thought it was his father’s knees that were the ...
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Video: How genetics is revolutionizing medicine and disease research

This three-part series of documentary shorts, produced by Retro Report in partnership with STAT, looks back at the roots of three of ...
Estonia launches genetic-testing program for 8% of its population

Estonia launches genetic-testing program for 8% of its population

The Estonian government is to collect the DNA of 100,000 citizens to provide them with personalised health and lifestyle advice ...
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Precision education: DNA test for intelligence could be on the horizon

Ready for a world in which a $50 DNA test can predict your odds of earning a PhD or forecast ...
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Regulating fast-moving consumer genetic testing industry is no small challenge

Submitting a vial of spit to a genetic testing company is easy. Understanding the implications — and regulating the burgeoning ...
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Viewpoint: Ignoring genetics threatens to make racial discussions ‘more extreme and divisive’

[A controversial op-ed] by David Reich, a professor of genetics at Harvard, [...] carefully advanced the case that there are genetic ...
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Direct-to-consumer genetic test results 40 percent wrong in small study

At-home DNA tests are “not intended for medical use,” meaning that the data they give you shouldn’t be used as ...
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Viewpoint: Consumers gain little from 23andMe’s screening for BRCA cancer genes

This month [March], the FDA granted the genetics company 23andMe permission to offer direct-to-consumer testing for three of the more than 1,000 ...
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Understanding genetic mutations: Why do some cause disease, while others don’t?

Why do some mutations lead to disease while others seemingly overcome injury without harm? How do some cells pinch hit ...
Viewpoint: Consumer genetic tests may reinforce 'fiction' of race concept

Viewpoint: Consumer genetic tests may reinforce ‘fiction’ of race concept

After what feels like a decade of hype and underwhelming sales, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing seems to be taking off, for ...
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Battling ‘fatty liver’ disease obesity by identifying and gene-silencing mutations

The search for mutations that conjure medical superpowers has turned up people who are resistant to liver disease, even if ...
3-26-2018 Parkinsons Disease Diagnosis

Colds and other infections may trigger mutation that causes Parkinson’s

Scientists report that the most common Parkinson's gene mutation may change how immune cells react to generic infections like colds, ...
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Identify as straight? Gay? Transgender? That may be deeply influenced by genetics, study shows

Transgender men and women may carry genetic variants that influence their gender identity, a study suggests. It is the first ...
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Here’s what we really know about transgender genetics—so far

The week started strangely. On [March 19], the author of a new book on transgender identity emailed me, asking about ...
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Double mastectomy improves prospects for patients with BRCA1 mutation but not BRCA2, study finds

Women with a mutant gene that increases their risk of breast cancer can increase their life expectancy with a radical ...
Viewpoint: 'Race' may be a social construct, but denying ancestral-based group genetic differences is 'indefensible'

Viewpoint: ‘Race’ may be a social construct, but denying ancestral-based group genetic differences is ‘indefensible’

With the help of [advances in DNA sequencing], we are learning that while race may be a social construct, differences ...
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Can’t sleep? Chronic insomnia could be due to genetics

Researchers have identified specific genes that may trigger the development of sleep problems, and have also demonstrated a genetic link ...