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5 biggest differences between 23andMe, MyHeritage and AncestryDNA

1) Extra Offerings In addition to their well-known ancestry tests, each of these companies also has extra features that can ...
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For those with limited genetic knowledge, at-home ancestry tests fuel misconceptions that genes dictate race

University of Pennsylvania sociologist Wendy Roth [wondered] whether these do-it-yourself tests also fueled the idea that genes dictate race. After ...
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Plummeting prices for genetic sequencing open ‘Pandora’s box of ethical concerns’

The speed at which the price of genetic sequencing has fallen has been astonishing, from $50,000 a decade ago to roughly $600 today ...
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Online DNA tests: How can we sort the rubbish from the real science?

The landscape of the consumer genomics market now would have been barely recognizable a decade ago. One study by scholar ...
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DNA testing companies are making money off your genetic data. Should they be paying you?

Companies such as 23andMe have proliferated over the past decade, feeding people’s hunger to know who and where they come ...
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Whole genome sequencing could be the next big thing for consumers

Genome sequencing was once impossibly expensive. The Human Genome Project, an international effort to decode the human genome that launched ...
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Consumers are losing interest in DNA tests. Is it ‘market saturation, privacy concerns, limited usefulness’?

This past year, Ancestry and 23andMe DNA kit sales on their websites saw major declines, according to new data from Second ...
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23andMe just used your genetic data to create a drug for psoriasis

Of the genetic testing company's more than 10 million users, a vast majority have consented to have their DNA used in ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer genetic tests and scant privacy protections give us reason to be ‘terrified’

[Y]ou don’t have to be Orwell to understand that the decision to allow a profit-driven company to analyze a person’s ...
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Campaign in France to loosen ban on direct-to-consumer DNA testing gains traction

The French ban on direct-to-consumer genetic testing is part of the country’s bioethics laws, which legislators are supposed to revise every ...
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Why the genetic database GEDmatch represents a ‘security risk’ for the US

A private DNA ancestry database that’s been used by police to catch criminals is a security risk from which a ...
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Consumer genetic tests shouldn’t be used to make health decisions, experts warn

People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned. The University of ...
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Consumer genetic health-test market expands: Ancestry launches new service, paired with professional counseling

Ancestry, the consumer genetics company that has until now focused on helping people understand their family history, on [October 15] ...
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Beware claims by consumer DNA testing companies: They can’t predict how long you’ll live

“Upload DNA data and know more about yourself,” promises Genomelink, anywhere from fitness-related attributes, such as longevity, pulmonary function, and job-related ...
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23andMe venturing into business of recruiting patients for clinical trials

Consumer genetics giant 23andMe announced [September 26] that it would move deeper into the business of clinical trial recruitment, partnering with a ...
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Worried about genetic privacy? This start-up is offering anonymous DNA sequencing

The upstart direct-to-consumer DNA-testing company Nebula Genomics announced on [September 19] that it will offer anonymous genome sequencing, becoming the first to do ...
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Brain scans, like DNA, can say a lot about who you are. That creates ethical, privacy concerns.

Many people are aware—and properly protective—of the vast stores of information contained in their DNA. When DNA samples were collected ...
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Length matters? DNA testing companies claim to assess stress, health and aging by measuring your telomeres

By determining length of your chromosome tips - also known as telomeres - testing companies claim to offer an insight ...
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What should you do after you take a DNA test? Delete your data.

[D]irect-to-consumer DNA testing is highly unregulated. A genetic test in the doctor's office is protected by HIPAA laws, which limit its sharing ...
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