DNA Testing Company 23andMe Lays Off 100 Employees, CEO Cites Privacy Concerns as Possible Factor

The company behind a popular at-home DNA testing kits, 23andMe, has laid off roughly 100 employees amid waning demand for its product. Read More >>

Home DNA Tests Are Not the Devil

Every holiday, and on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Random Discount Wednesday and Oh God Buy Stuff The High Street Is Dying Thursday, a load of miserable Opinions-For-Hire types churn out diatribes about why you absolutely should not buy anyone, including yourself, a DNA test – in the sales or otherwise. And I'm here to tell you why they're wrong. Read More >>

Your Genes Suck at Predicting Your Health, Study Finds

A new study this month is the latest to suggest that our genes really don’t do much to predict our health, at least most of the time. Read More >>

A Controversial DNA Database Used to Solve Crimes Has Gone Commercial

A third-party DNA database that began as a passion project and later became embroiled in an ongoing debate over genetic privacy has now gone commercial. This week, the San Diego-based forensics company Verogen announced its acquisition of the controversial genealogy website GEDmatch. It’s anyone’s guess as to how the shift in ownership will affect its over one million users – or its recent repurposing as a controversial crime-solving tool. Read More >>

Consumer DNA Testing May Be the Biggest Health Scam of the Decade

At the start of this decade, the US government called out consumer DNA testing as a burgeoning scam industry. Little did we know how it would explode in popularity. Read More >>

Home DNA-Testing Kits Can Help Catch Killers, But Who Decides Where We Draw the Line?

In recent years, police have increasingly used data from ancestry-testing companies to identify major crime suspects through the DNA of their family members. A new case, however, is reigniting the debate about when and where it’s appropriate to use this powerful crime-fighting tool. Read More >>

Airbnb Partners With 23andMe to Make It Easier for People to Get In Touch With Their Roots or Something

Airbnb and DNA-testing company 23andMe announced on Tuesday the two companies have partnered to help people “connect with their ancestry” through a heritage travel program. Read More >>

Ancestry Testing Company: It’s Our ‘Moral Responsibility’ to Give The FBI Access to Your DNA

An American DNA testing company seems to be targeting true crime fans with a new pitch to let them share their genetic information with law enforcement so cops can catch violent criminals. Read More >>

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Will 23andMe’s New Type 2 Diabetes Test Actually Help People Be Healthier?

23andMe has added a new option to its health-focused genetic testing array: type 2 diabetes. This week, the company announced it will begin offering customers a report meant to predict their inherent risk of developing the chronic disorder. The report was created through in-house research conducted entirely with the DNA of existing 23andMe customers – an apparent first for the company. Read More >>

Genetic Testing Company Hands the FBI Access to Its Database

There are plenty of reasons to be wary of at-home DNA testing, particularly if you’re concerned about genetic privacy. That’s especially true now that it’s come to light that FamilyTreeDNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies, is cooperating with the FBI to give its agents access to its genealogy database. Read More >>

The World’s First Home Cat DNA Test Will Be At CES

It's nearly time for the massive annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) tech tradeshow out in Las Vegas, and already the news is pouring in thick and fast. Read More >>

Your Genetic Testing Results Can Change – Here’s Why

The first wave of routine genetics testing has already helped millions of people learn about their hereditary risk for certain diseases like cancer. But a new study published Tuesday in JAMA suggests that as our knowledge of genetics expands, these initial results sometimes need to be revised. Read More >>

Ancestry and 23andMe Agree to New Rules to Make You Feel Safer Handing Over Your DNA

Some of the top genomic-testing companies have agreed to abide by a new set of guidelines when sharing consumers’ DNA information with law enforcement and other third parties. Read More >>

Oops, a DNA Testing Company Accidentally Sent Strangers’ Spit to Five Customers

DNA tests can be easily fooled and different tests may draw wildly different conclusions about the supposed heritage of participants. One thing the current rash of these startups have in common, however, is how their saliva testing kits are not supposed to come with spit already included. Read More >>

Another DNA Testing Company Reportedly Gets Fooled by Dog DNA

Consumer DNA testing is going to the dogs. A Canadian testing company has been accused of sending back supposedly human ancestry results on a faux sample that actually came from a chihuahua named Snoopy, CBC News reported Wednesday. Remarkably, it’s the second company reported to have been fooled by doggy DNA in recent months, but the full story behind the sting is even weirder. Read More >>