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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 ...
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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 ...