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Should law enforcement have a universal genetic forensic database?

The idea of the government having access to every citizen’s DNA might sound like an Orwellian nightmare, but recent events suggest we’re ...
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Mitochondrial DNA can be passed on from fathers, too

You probably learned two things about mitochondria in high school biology. First, they’re the powerhouses of the cell. Second, you ...
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Searching for the genetic links to ADHD risk

If you have ADHD, chances are higher that your siblings do, too. Estimates differ as to how strong the connection ...
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Missing data? African study shows why we need to expand the human reference genome

The human genome sequence, first published in 2001, has some important information missing. The latest version of it, called GRCh38, ...
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Viewpoint: DNA fitness test claims are ‘misleading’

The sales pitch is compelling: By revealing the secrets locked inside your DNA, genetic testing can optimize your workout gains ...
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What if you think you’re black, but your DNA test disagrees?

Three years ago, when Sigrid E. Johnson was 62, she got a call from a researcher seeking volunteers for a ...
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DNA test for your dog? Here’s what your vet thinks about it

[T]he direct-to-dog-owner market has become bigger and more crowded: Embark, DNA My Dog, and Paw Print Genetics are just a few ...
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Whether you prefer coffee or tea may depend on your DNA

Whether people prefer coffee or tea may boil down to a matter of taste genetics. People with a version of ...
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Start up Nebula Genomics offers free full genome sequencing, but there’s a privacy catch

Information wants to be free, says the old internet meme, and a genomics company will now apply that to DNA: ...
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Casting doubt on whether our DNA can be tweaked to increase human lifespan

Estimates predict that somewhere between 15 percent and 30 percent of the variability in human lifespan is due to genetics ...
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Emotions and memory: How your genes impact the way you see and feel the world

How much of our emotion is conjured up by an experience seems to be partly related to our genes. Could it ...
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Should parents be allowed to use gene editing to determine the sexual orientation of their children?

Where do our sexual preferences come from? Most of us don’t stop to ponder, simply because there’s no need to ...
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‘Deep learning’ sheds light on natural selection in human DNA

Each person’s genome contains three billion building blocks called nucleotides, and researchers must compile data from thousands of people to ...
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Viewpoint: Why ancestry tests shouldn’t be ‘read as a certainty’

Yes, I’m the kind of person who would take a DNA test with Ancestry and then, curious about whether I’d ...
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‘Moonshot for biology’: Inside the quest to sequence all life on earth

A mission to sequence the genome of every known animal, plant, fungus and protozoan - a group of single-celled organisms ...
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BRCA mutations can be deadly or harmless. Now CRISPR can tell the difference

CRISPR has many emerging applications, one of which is identifying dangerous breast cancer mutations ...
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FDA approves 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer DNA test assessing patient’s ability to respond to antidepressants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced [October 31] that it has approved the marketing of 23andMe’s reports on ...
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500,000-genome-strong UK Biobank offers ‘wisdom from crowds’

Precision medicine aims to improve treatments for individuals, but to do so it needs information from crowds. Only by tracking ...
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Which contraceptive is best for you? Precision medicine could provide the answer

Approximately 900 million women around the world use contraceptives. It’s a shame that, even with the best available evidence and resources, an ...
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‘There is no gay gene’: But study suggests genetics may play role in choosing same sex partner

In a large study of more than 490,000 men and women in the United States, United Kingdom and Sweden, researchers ...
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Seeking answers for sick babies through whole genome sequencing

When babies become intensely ill, it can be difficult to know what has gone wrong. But the answer, quite often, ...
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Geneticist Carlos Bustamante’s effort to make DNA databases less white

In the 15 years since the Human Genome Project first exposed our DNA blueprint, vast amounts of genetic data have ...
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Selling yourself? These companies want to pay for your genetic information

Some companies want to rent your DNA - should you let them? ...
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When a DNA test uncovers an ugly family secret

As DNA-testing companies sell millions of kits, they’ve started to rearrange families. The tests have reunited long-lost cousins and helped adoptees find their ...
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Tracing the impact of genetics on autism

Autism is more heritable than anorexia, alcohol dependence, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to an analysis of data from nearly ...
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White supremacists, milk and an ‘inconvenient truth’ about genetics

Nowhere on the agenda of the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, being held in San Diego...is ...
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Failure of race-based medicine? We aren’t accounting for the unique genetics of biracial and multiracial populations

For several decades in modern medicine history, human race has been used as a constant variable to predict and/or determine ...
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DNA testing boom drives demand for genetic counselors

[W]ith precision medicine going mainstream and an explosion of apps piping genetic insights to your phone from just a few teaspoons of spit, ...