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Only 18% of people with breast and ovarian cancer genes knew they were carriers, study found. How can we make DNA screening work better?

New research shows that only 18% of those who tested positive for breast cancer genes knew they had them ...
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Early intervention: Sequencing fetal DNA could identify genetic disorders

A new test allows doctors to diagnose genetic disorders in fetuses early in pregnancy by sequencing small amounts of fetal ...
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Are thin people just lucky to have ‘skinny’ genes?

Scientists say they have discovered the secret behind why some people are skinny while others pile on the pounds easily ...
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DNA ancestry tests are not ‘crystal balls’—they’re approximations

Identical twins have virtually identical DNA. So you’d think if a set of twins both sent in a DNA sample ...
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Geneticists seek key to better understanding, treatment of schizophrenia

What can studying the human genome teach us about the origins and treatments for psychiatric diseases like schizophrenia? ...
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Ancestry results for identical twins illustrate flaws in consumer genetic testing

One set of identical twins, two different ancestry profiles. At least that's the suggestion from one of the world's largest ...
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Viewpoint: The ‘Dangerous Idea’ of group differences is latest iteration of ‘left wing hysteria’ attack on evolutionary biology

Defending the veracity of racial biological differences are often, incorrectly, deemed to be justifications of social inequality ...
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Wide range of genetic links to alcohol, tobacco use discovered in massive study

A new genetic study looking at smoking and drinking has confirmed much of what we already know about their impact ...
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How germs and ancient migrations help explain our world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

The Gökhem graves provide hard evidence for the ancient community's demise: genetic traces of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis ...
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Improving personalized medicine may demand more diversity in clinical trials

Hispanic Americans have higher levels of diabetes and less access to health care services, yet they live on average about ...
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23andMe harnesses ‘massive’ genetic database for medical research

23andMe is well known for its DNA kits that promise to shed light on a person's ancestral history and potential ...
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Viewpoint: Why we need to know more about transgenderism and genetics

“Transgender” is a term that Just a few years ago was nonexistent in the news. These day, hardly a week ...
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Could your genes ‘nudge’ you towards risky behavior?

A massive new study that included data from more than a million people suggests that genetics may nudge some individuals ...
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Digging through myths and rumors around DNA privacy

Every once in a while, untruths spread through the genetic genealogy world that have the potential to do great damage: damage ...
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DNA test spurs arrest of nurse accused of impregnating vegetative patient

A 36-year-old nurse has been arrested on suspicion of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who unexpectedly gave birth ...
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Why a proposed DNA data protection plan is a great idea that may be too late to help

Legal experts, biologists and policy analysists are calling for DNA data regulation, but the cat is already out of the ...
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Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess really did die in Spandau prison, DNA test confirms

It is one of the greatest remaining conspiracy theories of the second world war. In May 1941, Adolf Hitler’s deputy führer, Rudolf Hess, ...
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Learning about modern genetics through the long-extinct aurochs

The world’s first reported instance of species extinction is also a good window on today’s genetic revolution ...
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Genes or environment? Twins study offers ‘unsatisfying answer’ when it comes to disease

It’s the next chapter in the nature-nurture debate: To keep people healthy, is it better to focus on people’s Zip ...
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DNA as ‘fortune teller’? There are limits as to what genes can predict

Is our future written in our genes? … King’s College London geneticist Robert Plomin, in his new book, Blueprint, presents DNA ...
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How much can we blame our genes for addictive behavior?

Of all the people who try alcohol or illegal drugs, only 10 to 20 percent get addicted. No single gene ...
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How do genetics and luck mix to determine life’s winners and losers?

Let’s begin with a question: Why do some people succeed in life while others fail? Is it because they are ...
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I’m a geneticist. A DNA test uncovered a half-sister and sparked painful questions

My own discovery is so overwhelming that I can’t talk about it much, even though my new half-sister has possibly ...
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Algorithm identifies genetic mutations with just a photo

Some people’s faces — or even just a photo of them — hint at the genes they carry. And now, ...
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23andMe and weight loss: Can consumer DNA-testing company deliver?

Consumer DNA-testing giant 23andMe Inc. plans to add new wellness offerings it hopes will help its customers shed a few pounds, but ...
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Examining the genetic roots of anorexia and other eating disorders

Characterized by extreme caloric restriction resulting in weight loss, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image, anorexia ...
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What the bulldog’s distinctive tail can tell us about this rare human genetic disorder

One of the most distinctive body parts of your typical English bulldog, French bulldog, or Boston terrier—their coiled screw tail—might ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer tests are ‘neither safe nor private’

As millions of Americans sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, the biomedical researcher James Hazel sent out a stark warning about the genetic-testing kits that ...