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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 >>