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Why having a risky genetic mutation isn’t necessarily doom and gloom

Most people think carrying a gene variant associated with a disease means automatically getting that disease, according to Sekar Kathiresan, ...
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Questioning the value of a genetic test for obesity

Scientists who recently announced an experimental genetic test that can help predict obesity got immediate pushback from other researchers, who ...
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Viewpoint: Widespread DNA testing for breast cancer risk is ‘an irresponsible idea’

While predictive genetic testing is useful and even crucial for many populations, new medical advances are routinely overhyped in the ...
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7 things we get wrong about heredity

Many people have misconceptions about heredity—how we are connected to our ancestors and how our inheritance from them shapes us ...
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Doctors face ‘wrenching questions’ about genetic testing and legal risks. Do we need new laws?

As DNA testing gallops ahead, doctors face wrenching questions about legal risks, protecting patients’ privacy, and the quality of the ...
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If a gene test could reveal a high risk of dying, would you want to know?

If a fortune teller had “read” my future two years ago, I would have learned that I was at high ...
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Short or tall? Genes account for 79% of height differences, study shows

Since the human genome was sequenced nearly two decades ago, researchers have struggled to fully identify the genetic factors responsible [for ...
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Why ‘titanic’ issues related to DNA privacy must be addressed for us to enjoy the benefits of personal genomics revolution

An astonishing panel of world-leading researchers and business leaders in personal genomes revealed the titanic issues facing the genomics sector ...
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Podcast: Are you ready for the Zero Dollar Genome?

We've broken through the thousand dollar genome barrier and are heading towards $100. Leading geneticist George Church want to take ...
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Fathers who exercise may also improve the genetics of their children, study suggests

A positive perception of regular exercise may be one of the more lasting gifts a parent can give their children. But there’s ...
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Using genetic data to examine differences between populations just ran into a problem

Various innovations in the field of genomics over the past few decades have given researchers hope that resolutions to long-lasting ...
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Navigating the evolving privacy pitfalls of consumer genetic testing

While DNA testing was once only the stuff of crime investigations and television shows, it is now available to the ...
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Viewpoint: Read the fine print to understand the weakness of consumer genetics tests

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests like Ancestry and 23andMe were mostly the result of innocent curiosity. Geneticists at the turn of the ...
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Video: Even if you’ve never taken a DNA test ‘your genetic privacy might already be compromised’

The rise of direct-to-consumer DNA tests comes with a host of thorny problems, including how to interpret the data and major questions about genetic privacy ...
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Pushing for greater diversity in genetic databases by ending ‘cycle of disengagement’

For the past 30 years, human genomics has made exciting advances in reconstructing population history and identifying which genes make ...
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‘The broken promise of anonymity’? Bioethicist’s call to guard identity of sperm and egg donors is misguided

Dr. Pennings’ opinion fails to capture the complexity of donation ...
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An Italian family’s curious insensitivity to pain

Shortly after her sixth birthday, while climbing a pole in a neighbor’s yard in the Tuscan city of Siena, [scientist ...
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Can genetic matchmaking help us find a healthier true love?

Ever since his work on [the Human Genome Project, geneticist George Church has] been trying to sequence the rest of ...
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Can genetics help explain why some people make more money than others?

The UK Biobank is the single largest public genetic repository in the world... . But when David Hill, a statistical ...
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Podcast: That weird time in history when humans had 24 pairs of chromosomes

Everyone knows that humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. But if you'd looked at a textbook in the 1940s, the ...
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Genetic genealogy leads to arrest in 1972 Washington killing

Thanks to the same DNA technology that caught the Golden State Killer suspect, authorities in Washington state arrested a 77-year-old ...
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Can genetics predict a baby’s risk of becoming an obese adult?

There’s a new way to predict whether a baby will grow into an obese adult. Combining the effect of more ...
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Being poor ‘leaves a mark’ on 10 percent of your genes

The cycle of poverty isn’t just an economist’s tag slapped on repeat generations of poor, it is actually changing genetics ...
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Podcast: Jamie Metzl’s ‘Hacking Darwin’—The end of sex and humanity’s genetically engineered future

Imagine a world in which would-be parents no longer have sex but conceive children with the assistance of embryo selection ...
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Game of Thrones and DNA: How genetics could explain some of the unhinged behavior

The White Walkers are on the move (slowly) and political stability in Westeros remains on edge.  How did things get ...
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Why genetic testing for autism cannot offer definitive answers

Here’s a primer on how genetic tests work, their value for autism and what to expect from the results. Is ...
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Prenatal sequencing for autism genes could be here soon—along with some ethical questions

Sequencing can identify mutations linked to autism even before a child’s birth – especially in cases where doctors suspect problems, ...
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Heavy drinking, alcoholism are ‘not the same thing’, genetic study shows

A huge analysis of drinking patterns among veterans has found genetic distinctions between heavy drinkers and alcoholics, according to a ...