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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 ...
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Genetic tests are used to determine antidepressant efficacy – but science might not back up claims

It can be notoriously difficult for psychiatrists and patients to determine which antidepressant might be most effective, or which might cause side ...
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Understanding cancer risk: Why your genetic test results may need another look

The first wave of routine genetics testing has already helped millions of people learn about their hereditary risk for certain ...
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Understanding ‘destiny and identity’: China embraces genetic testing revolution

[T]ech-savvy and college-educated young professionals are driving growing demand for genetic testing in China, 23Mofang’s CEO, Zhou Kun, told STAT ...
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Most people don’t know if they have cancer-causing BRCA mutation, study says

Most people who carry genes that raise their risk of developing certain forms of cancer are unaware of it, according to ...
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Viewpoint: Why consumer DNA tests are more dangerous than you might think

Commercial DNA testing isn’t just harmless entertainment. It’s keeping alive ideas that deserve to die ...
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25 Genomes Project: Conserving British wildlife through genome sequencing

Crucially, every single [Carrington’s featherwort] plant found in this secluded Caledonian enclave is male. … But hope is at hand ...
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Viewpoint: New book ‘Blueprint’ revisits the dangerous theory of genetic determinism

It’s never a good time for another bout of genetic determinism, but it’s hard to imagine a worse one than ...
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Why are most human genes ignored by researchers?

There are around 20,000 human protein-coding genes, but recent studies have suggested scientists actively study only about 2,000 of them. New ...
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Race and genetics: How our ancestry both limits and exacerbates disease risks

Members of different ethnic groups living in the same region may have widely varying life expectancies. A wide range of ...
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Can a DNA test prove you are black? This man is suing the government to find out

In 2014, Ralph Taylor applied to have his insurance company in Washington State certified as a “disadvantaged business enterprise.” The DBE ...
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‘Anger into activism’: One woman’s quest to raise awareness of BRCA mutations in Jewish populations

You don’t have to be Jewish to inherit one of the BRCA gene mutations. But these mutations, which increase the risk ...
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When the nose never knows: Exploring the genetics behind a missing sense of smell

Imagine life without odors. Food tastes the same regardless of how congested your nasal passages are or how damaged your ...
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Can big data fight cancer by identifying those genetically predisposed to disease?

Present-day cancer care is reactive. When an individual begins to have symptoms of cancer, a tumor has typically already formed ...
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How do we persuade relatives of cancer patients to seek genetic testing?

Cancer patients’ close relatives might be willing to get tests to see if they share genetic mutations that put them ...
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Genetic Noah’s Ark intends to sequence DNA of 66,000 species

An international consortium involving over 50 institutions has announced an ambitious project to assemble high-quality genome sequences of all 66,000 ...
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When consumer genetic tests disagree on critical mutations

[Matt Fender] wasn’t worried last December when he clicked a button to dump all the raw data from his 23andMe ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine promises a lot, but has delivered little

Doctors and hospitals love to talk about the patients they’ve saved with precision medicine, and reporters love to write about ...
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Things to consider before taking a genetic test for Alzheimer’s risk

Genetic testing is available to people who want to know if they carry a variant of a gene that confers ...
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‘Blitzkrieg of biology’ reveals secrets of BRCA1 breast cancer mutation

For 22 years Myriad Genetics, one of the oldest genetic testing companies, has refused to make public its proprietary database of BRCA1 ...
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Why is former basketball player Shawn Bradley so tall? His DNA could offer the answer

As a first-round draft pick from Brigham Young University, Shawn Bradley caused a hubbub during the 1993 NBA draft. That ...
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Targeting breast cancer through the genes of Sub-Saharan African women

For the first time, DNA contributed by Sub-Saharan African women has been thoroughly evaluated with innovative genomics technology in an ...
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Why the promise of personalized medicine could fall short for minorities

African-Americans are underrepresented in large-scale genetic and neuroscience studies ...
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Olympic genes? China will use genetic tests to help choose its athletes

Chinese athletes aiming to represent their country in the 2022 Winter Olympics will undergo genetic testing as part of the ...
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Golden eagle genome gives conservation effort a ‘blueprint for life’

British scientists have made a breakthrough that could help safeguard the future of one of the world's most admired birds ...
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Reading genes: How much of your future do they reveal?

The journal Nature Genetics recently published an enormous study demonstrating yet again how multiple sites on the genome can play a role ...
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Finding ‘surprising and novel’ applications for consumer genomics

With more than 10 million genotyped customers, the consumer genomics industry is maturing and becoming a mainstream phenomenon. At last, ...