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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 ...
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Do our genes determine which faces are ‘prettier’ than others?

Despite the importance humans and society appear to place on beauty, from a scientific perspective, we don't actually know a ...
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Exploring the havoc that can be unleashed by consumer ancestry tests

On what fraction of a human genome do the consumer DNA companies base these deductions that can shatter lives? ...
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‘Crystal ball’ for disease? Genetic tests could predict risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer

If a crystal ball could reveal your personal risk for developing heart disease or breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, would ...
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Is the spirit of adventure encoded in our genes?

There’s one particular behavioral question that unites many animal species: “Should I explore the wider environment or exploit my current environment?” … ...
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‘Only child’ no more: DNA test reveals woman has at least 29 brothers and sisters

For Shauna Harrison, her journey from only child to a sister with 29 siblings started with a revisit to her 23andme ...
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Fit and fat at the same time? The right genes may make it possible

Scientists are in hot debate over whether it's possible to be obese without creating health risks. Two new studies take ...
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Viewpoint: DNA data ‘rat race’ bringing down costs of precision medicine but perils of security risks escalate

It is said that this is the best of times for direct to consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies, human disease ...
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Genetic test for diabetes risk? Why it’s not quite ready for ‘prime-time clinical care’

23andMe's new test claims to determine risk from genetic analysis ...
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We face a host of new ethical questions including: Who actually owns your DNA?

DNA is one of the greatest medical discoveries ever. Using the tools of contemporary genetics, physicians and scientists can explore ...
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Why cousin marriages can wreak genetic havoc on children

The link between cousin marriages and genetic disorders in offspring is a growing problem in several countries ...
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FamilyTreeDNA launches effort to help FBI crack cold cases with its consumer DNA database

A private genetic testing company who agreed earlier this year to work with the FBI in an effort to solve crimes like ...
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Can genetic testing pinpoint the right antidepressant, or is it just ‘a shot in the dark’?

For patients who weren’t responding well after trying one or two different antidepressants, [physician Jeremy Bruce] started sending samples of ...
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Genetic uncertainty: When research participants should be told that their test results have changed

“Do you mind if we take one more sample?” asked the endocrinologist who had already stuck six needles into the ...
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Genetic tests by Inova draw warning letter from FDA, citing potential for ‘serious health consequences’

A suite of genetic tests used to predict a person’s response to specific medications is being marketed illegally by its ...
4-2-2019 dna

Video: Understanding the mystery of hidden or ‘dark DNA’

Scientists are beginning to understand mysterious parts of our DNA. Here’s what they’ve found so far. Read full, original post: “Dark ...
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Better understanding of how genes work together could be key to personalized medicine

Tens of thousands of people have had their genomes sequenced yet it remains a major challenge to infer future health ...
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DNA testing uncovers fertility doctor’s decades-old dark secret

The first Facebook message arrived when Heather Woock was packing for vacation, in August 2017. It was from a stranger claiming to ...
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This woman feels almost no pain. Could her genes lead to new treatment for chronic sufferers?

Doctors in Scotland were amazed when a 66-year-old woman underwent what is normally a very painful operation on her hand ...
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Is there such a thing as too much prenatal genetic information?

[P]renatal whole-genome sequencing is [not] commercially available yet (though it’s definitely coming). But what is available is something called noninvasive ...
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Do participants in genetics research studies have the right to know—or not know—about troubling DNA results?

Is it possible to know too much about our own genetic profile? ...
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DNA ‘hot spots’ may explain why we are different from one another

What makes one person different from one another, and how did these differences evolve? A study by University at Buffalo ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine plagued by an ’embarrassing’ human reference genome

The human reference genome, largely completed in 2001, has achieved near-mythic status. It is “the book of life,” the “operating ...
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Conservation genomics: Better understanding of DNA could save some species from extinction

Disease, predators and shrinking habitats led to a complete loss of Hawaii’s only remaining lineage of the crow family, the ...
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Peril of genetic tests: Sometimes too much information can be ‘harmful’

Genetic testing can raise serious questions about our health. Is it helpful to find out that we are likely to ...
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DNA as a crime fighting tool: Why we may be in danger of putting too much faith in it

What happens to a society when there’s suddenly a new way to identify people—to track them as they move around ...
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Why the promise of precision drug treatments is blunted by a lack of racial diversity in genetics research

A lack of racial and ethnic diversity in pharmacogenomic research is raising questions about whether poorly represented groups are being ...
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‘Terrible science’: Archaeological geneticists blast study that used DNA to identify Jack the Ripper

News media was buzzing [March 18] with a claim that scientists had finally figured out the real identity of the ...