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Sequencing the DNA of Newborns Uncovered Hidden Disease Risks and a Whole Lot of Tricky Issues

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to get a complete readout of a person’s genetics cheaply and easily, even right after they’re born. A new study published Thursday offers a glimpse of what that future could look, suggesting many children are born with genetic conditions that can’t be found with current screening. But the study also raises important ethical questions about how best to handle the predictions these tests will provide families and their doctors. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Doctors Perform Breakthrough Gene Therapy on 13-Year-Old Boy

Last week, a 13-year-old boy from New Jersey, US was at the centre of medical history as he became the first person in the US to receive an FDA-approved gene therapy for an inherited disease. The event marks the beginning of a new era of medicine, one in which devastating genetic conditions that we are born with can be simply edited out of our DNA with the help of modern biomedical technologies. Read More >>

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Rare Gene Mutations Might Be Causing More Diseases Than We Think

The destructive shadow sometimes cast by our genes extends even longer than we assumed, a new study published recently in Science suggests. Rare, undetected gene mutations may help explain some people’s common conditions like kidney damage, heart failure, and infertility. Read More >>

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Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Buy a DNA Testing Kit

It’s amazing how much information there is hiding in one tiny globule of spit. Read More >>

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Why Saudi Arabia is Pushing Premarital Genetic Screening

In Saudi Arabia, if you’re planning to tie the knot, there’s a step you must go through that doesn’t happen anywhere else: you have to get a test for genetic disease. Hereditary blood diseases like sickle cell and beta thalassemia are prevalent in this part of the world, where marriage between cousins is common. A new awareness campaign around genetic disorders aims to reduce the spread of these illnesses. Read More >>

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Please, Do Not Send Your Spit to This DNA Dating App

Online dating is largely a succession of misery and humiliation, which is why so many of us are willing to pay an algorithm to find us the perfect match. The newest entré to the arena of apps that promise to help you find love: Pheramor, a US-based startup that claims to use DNA as the basis for its matchmaking algorithm. Simply swab your cheek with a Q-tip and—voila!—Pheramor’s app will populate with a cadre of genetically optimised potential Mr or Mrs Rights. Read More >>

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Silly Startup Claims It Can Predict How Your Baby Will Look Based on DNA

Every aspiring parent spends some time fantasising about what their hypothetical future child might look like. Now one startup claims it can actually tell you what your unborn future children will look like, based on DNA. Read More >>