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A right to know? Should children be told when a parent’s genetic test reveals hereditary risks?

What are the legal, professional and ethical, duties or responsibilities of researchers and clinicians in handling genetic testing and the ...
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Does the ‘genetics revolution’ unsettle you? Here is a guide, and reasons to be hopeful

I'm thrilled that DNA science has become so much more tangible and practical. Yet we must use the information wisely ...
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Baby’s death spurs search for answers: Genetic testing, counseling offer insights, warnings for couple’s future

The effort to get genetic counseling where it needs to be is still an uphill battle ...
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‘Why did I get cancer?’ We can do more to alleviate ‘angst, guilt’ accompanying a diagnosis

More time spent explaining the biology of cancer to patients can help alleviate angst and guilt.  ...
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Knowledge without context: Why consumer genetic tests can spark needless fears, behavioral changes

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are growing in popularity. They can tell us a lot about our personal building blocks. But there ...
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New diagnostic weapon: Genetic tests can also detect infectious disease

Doctors routinely use genetic tests to spot inherited diseases and guide cancer treatment. But using them to detect infectious diseases ...
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Consumer genetic testing and how to protect your DNA data

Consumer DNA testing kits like those from 23andMe, Ancestry.com and MyHeritage promise a road map to your genealogy and, in ...
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Chasing the causes of pancreatic cancer. When can genetic testing offer answers?

With so little known about the disease’s genetic origins, proving a link can be problematic ...
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Why genetic testing poses new legal perils for doctors

While DNA testing upends the practice of medicine, U.S. laws aren’t keeping pace. That’s one message from a nearly finished ...
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‘The broken promise of anonymity’? Bioethicist’s call to guard identity of sperm and egg donors is misguided

Dr. Pennings’ opinion fails to capture the complexity of donation ...
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Why genetic testing for autism cannot offer definitive answers

Here’s a primer on how genetic tests work, their value for autism and what to expect from the results. Is ...
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Can genetic testing pinpoint the right antidepressant, or is it just ‘a shot in the dark’?

For patients who weren’t responding well after trying one or two different antidepressants, [physician Jeremy Bruce] started sending samples of ...
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Can a genetic test help you find the right marriage partner?

Does a good marriage depend on having the right genes? ...
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Demand surges for genetic autism testing in Europe

In France, some two-thirds of autistic children receive some kind of genetic test, paid for by the national health service ...
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Should all women get BRCA genetic testing as part of ‘routine medical care’? Key panel says ‘no’

Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to ...
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Do all breast cancer patients need genetic testing?

The nation’s breast surgeons are advising that all patients diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing to check for ...
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Making the case for expanded prenatal genetic testing to identify disorders

Approximately three per cent of pregnancies will have an abnormality in the structure of the developing baby, which is detected ...
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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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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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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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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 ‘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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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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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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We’re in the early stages of a genetic revolution. Should we be worried?

Many people have overestimated the effects of genetic era. The truth is that we still don't know what most of ...
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Viewpoint: Expansion of BRCA screening creates need to know more about breast cancer, treatments

Consumer DNA tests can now check for breast-cancer-causing BRCA mutations, however, cancer risk is highly misunderstood ...
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How genetic testing guided what to do next.

Genetics counselor and writer Ricki Lewis explains how a breast cancer diagnosis led her to genetic testing—and why she decided ...