Collection: Personal genetics

Consumer genetic testing, ancestry and more

More Stories in Personal genetics

  1. Michael Douglas
    Genetics

    DNA testing can bring families together, but gives mixed answers on ethnicity

    DNA testing has become a new way for millions of Americans to expand their family trees and learn something about themselves, but results vary widely.

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  2. a crime scene
    Genetics

    Why using genetic genealogy to solve crimes could pose problems

    Rules governing how police can use DNA searches in genealogy databases aren’t clear, raising civil rights and privacy concerns.

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  3. at home tests for telomere length
    Health & Medicine

    At-home telomere testing is not a reliable marker of aging, researcher says

    Telomere testing for consumers offers a poor measure of “biological age,” says Johns Hopkins oncologist Mary Armanios.

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  4. man swabbing his cheek
    Genetics

    Privacy and consumer genetic testing don’t always mix

    Interested in taking a direct-to-consumer genetic test? Here are some things you should know.

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  5. Lara Diamond
    Genetics

    What consumer DNA data can and can’t tell you about your risk for certain diseases

    Consumers face lots of choices and unanswered questions when they get personal genomic information related to disease risk from the Internet.

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  6. fetal ultrasound
    Genetics

    Guidelines call for limits to whole genome testing for fetuses

    Powerful tests offer unprecedented detail about fetal genomes. But whole-genome tests aren’t ready for widespread use yet, doctors caution.

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  7. a photo of a face with two different eye colors
    Genetics

    The history of heredity makes for a fascinating, and chilling, read

    From eugenics to gene editing, Carl Zimmer’s She Has Her Mother’s Laugh recounts genetics’ biggest discoveries.

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  8. Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook
    Genetics

    Genetic sleuthing again IDs a murder suspect in a cold case

    The arrest of a second murder suspect with the help of genetic genealogy raises worries that suspicionless searches may be next.

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  9. illustration of person holding DNA
    Genetics

    Special report: Genetic testing goes mainstream

    Consumer genetic tests may not tell customers that much about themselves. Science News delves into these tests in a multipart series.

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