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We are in the midst of a consumer DNA ‘testing frenzy’

By the start of 2019, more than 26 million consumers had added their DNA to four leading commercial ancestry and ...
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Is love a mystery of the heart? Or hard-wired in our genes?

Scientists have identified a number of genetic markers that 'code' humans for attraction--genes for intelligence, subtle human body odors, height ...
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‘Google of sorts’: DNA database harnesses power of genome sequences

In 2015, scientists discovered a pig in China that would set off a frantic, worldwide search. The pig carried bacteria ...
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Ouch! Why is pain so much worse for some of us?

Exploring how pain differs from person to person ...
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Drug use linked to impulsiveness in genetic study

Some of the same genes that influence a person’s propensity toward impulsiveness also affect whether or not he or she ...
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Defending 23andMe’s DNA health test: ‘You will learn something’ of value

The New York Times decided to publish an editorial ... warning people to "be careful about 23andMe's Health Test." What are they ...
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Yes, genes do shape our behavior, but in complicated ways

Are psychological traits definitely determined by genes? ...
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Using genetic tests to tailor antipsychotic treatments to individual patients

Scientists are tapping individuals’ genetic profiles to learn which patients will respond to antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia. The pursuit is ...
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Family Tree DNA voluntarily working with FBI investigators, raising privacy concerns

Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry ...
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Genetic tests for autistic people could ‘substantially alter the course of treatments’

Almost as soon as James was born in April 2003, it was clear that he was not well. When he ...
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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 ...