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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, ...
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Cancer and genetics: Why smoking threatens more than just your lungs

Cigarettes smoking causes lung, throat and larynx cancers–which makes sense because those tissues come directly into contact with smoke and ...
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Can this DNA test find the right depression medication for you?

Using DNA testing to determine how well a given depression medication will work with a patient's genetic makeup is becoming ...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren controversy: Almost every American has a sliver of Native American ancestry

The reporting on the largest genetic study of American ancestry—claims that Americans are a genetic melting pot of white, black ...
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Most adults want DNA testing – but don’t want to be ‘blindsided’ by results

Only a small percentage of people in their 50s and early 60s have had their DNA tested—for medical reasons, to ...
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How DNA health screening of pets can lead to tragic consequences

A lack of regulatory scrutiny has left pet owners and their companions vulnerable to misleading marketing and immature science ...
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DNA forensic analysis soon will be ‘vastly more powerful’—good for crime fighting, problematic for privacy

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year ...
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Erectile dysfunction? If you carry this gene, you have a 26% increased risk

A group of scientists believe they’ve uncovered at least some of the genetic risk factors that can contribute to a ...
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Family DNA disease connection: How my breast cancer diagnosis saved my father from pancreatic cancer

In April 2012, as I prepared to undergo a double mastectomy, it was [my grandma] Gertrud’s face that flashed before ...
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Personal DNA tests challenged for perpetuating ‘false notions’ of ethnic cultures and race

Genetic-ancestry tests are having a moment. Look no further than Spotify: [Last month], the music-streaming service—as in, the service used ...
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Crime, violence and DNA: The many faces of MAOA, the so-called ‘warrior gene’

A near certainty whenever monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) rears its ugly head in popular science writing is that an ugly ...