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Predicting IQ potential of human embryos may be possible with machine learning, genetic data

[T]he diseases that are most likely to shadow the average person’s life — cancer, heart disease, diabetes — are polygenic, ...
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How a combination of rare mutations created devastating heart problems for this family

Heritable diseases — say Huntington’s, sickle cell anemia, or cystic fibrosis — are typically thought of as the result of ...
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Why we aren’t ready for routine genetic sequencing of newborns: It can ‘raise unsettling questions’

Scientists have found that, so far, a complete genetic readout would be a poor substitute for the traditional blood test ...
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Consumer genetic tests promise rich rewards, but can yield ‘awkward surprises’

DNA testing is all about unlocking secrets. But sometimes surrendering your saliva may also mean surrendering a bit of privacy ...
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Pot smokers with this genetic variant could face addiction risks similar to those who smoke cigarettes

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, for those of us who can remember them, marijuana was widely regarded as not ...
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Should we have laws to protect our genetic privacy? DNA testing companies don’t think so

How much genetic privacy is a consumer entitled to? Congress is now pondering federal privacy rules that probably will address ...
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IVF raises breast and ovarian cancer risks for women over 40 as much as 65%? That’s what headlines scream, but here’s how statistics lie and scare people

Statistics related to medical risks and care often unnecessarily frighten people, and lousy journalism doesn't help ...
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Metagenomic next-generation sequencing: Breakthrough tool diagnoses mystery diseases

Decoding all the DNA in a patient’s biological sample can reveal whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease ...
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Why do some elite athletes die during intense exercise? The answer may be in their genes.

Biological anthropologists and other researchers investigate why there is a diversity of symptoms and outcomes in people with sickle cell ...
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Not a morning person? Maybe it’s because of your genes

I'm not a morning person because I'm lazy, but because it's coded into my genes.  I've learned this thanks to ...
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Pharmacogenetics and depression: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

Antidepressants may soon be added to the growing list of medications genetically matched to patients most likely to respond — ...
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How consumer genetic testing is ending paternal secrecy—for better or worse

When Nara Milanich wrote Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father—a history of the scientific, legal, and social conceptions of ...
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Genetic solutions depends largely on data from people of European descent. Do we need to address that research imbalance?

To boost the participation of marginalized communities in genetic studies, doctors must first win back their trust ...
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DNA testing companies launch privacy ‘coalition’ to protect consumer data

Genetic testing companies are forming a new coalition on best practices for handling DNA information and to promote the industry ...
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Can you become addicted to pot? This gene increases your risk.

Danish researchers have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk for cannabis use disorder. About 10 ...
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Scammers set sights on booming genetic testing market

The cost of genetic testing for disease assessment can be as high as $10,000. With that kind of money in ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Astrology-style answers’ show the darker side of consumer genetic tests

[T]he same thing that drives some people toward astrology drives others toward mail-in test kits: People want to learn more ...
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Consumer genetic testing firms may not be able to block police access to data

The GEDMatch decision to give police access to its data in the assault case — made without informing the database’s ...
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Did you get a DNA ancestry kit for Father’s Day? Here are some things to consider before spitting in that vial

The media tales of familial surprises are the tip of an iceberg ...
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Consumer genetic testing and how to protect your DNA data

Consumer DNA testing kits like those from 23andMe, Ancestry.com and MyHeritage promise a road map to your genealogy and, in ...
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Who’s your daddy (or mommy)? What’s the chance you inherited DNA from Caligula, Genghis Khan or Henry I?

Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States ...
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Chasing the causes of pancreatic cancer. When can genetic testing offer answers?

With so little known about the disease’s genetic origins, proving a link can be problematic ...
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DNA for the greater good: Should the police have access to consumer DNA databases?

There is an urgent need for international guidelines and policies ...
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‘Illogical and inappropriate’: How anti-vaxxers use 23andMe genetic tests to avoid vaccines

San Francisco’s city attorney subpoenaed a doctor accused of giving illegal medical exemptions from vaccination, based on “two 30-minute visits ...
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Why the results of your genetic ancestry test will change over time

23andMe caused Leonard Kim not one identity crisis but two. The first came in 2016, when Kim, who was raised ...
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Do genetics determine what we like to eat? Study finds no ‘smoking gun taste gene’

A recent genome-wide association study found 17 genetic sites related to bitter beverage consumption ...
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Getting to the bottom of Riverdale’s ‘serial-killer gene’: Can it really drive you to violence?

The penultimate episode of Riverdale season three contained a lot of shocking revelations, but for Betty fans, nothing was crazier ...
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Why genetic testing poses new legal perils for doctors

While DNA testing upends the practice of medicine, U.S. laws aren’t keeping pace. That’s one message from a nearly finished ...