Maria Karvela

1,124 Flips | 1 Magazine | 8 Likes | 3 Following | 105 Followers | @MariaKarvela | CSO & Co-Founder at DnaNudge. Creating a new wave of consumer genetics. Strong supporter of consumer privacy and ownership of genetic data.

Healthcare Providers Can't Afford To Ignore Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing

The DTC genetic testing revolution is here. More than 12 million people have had testing via an at-home spit kit and the numbers are sky rocketing. People have their own raw genetic data in hand, are curious and are searching for answers in their DNA. It is safe to say that the DTC train has left …

Molecular Biology

It's National DNA Day, which means AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Living DNA, and more are on sale

In case you didn't know, National DNA Day is a thing. And it's today.<p>On April 25, 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published an article in the …

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Try 23andMe

The at-home genetic test can provide interesting insight into how your genes may affect your health. But before you submit your spit sample, you …

Molecular Biology

Woman Says Ancestry.com Test Revealed Her Parents' Fertility Doctor Was Actually Her Father

It’s become a familiar story in the age of consumer DNA testing: A person spits into a test tube to learn more about their genetic heritage, and ends …

Genealogy

Dubai to DNA sequence its entire population

The city wants to record the DNA of potentially over three million residents and non-citizens.<p>Dubai wants to DNA sequence the city's population in …

Opioid-Addicted Americans Seem to Have This Genetic Variation in Common

Who you are is the result of a complicated interplay between your environment, your genes, and probably a few other factors science has yet to …

How cryptocurrencies could let you control and sell access to your DNA data

Did you know that when you take certain genetic tests, the company can make money by onselling your data to other businesses?<p>Now new blockchain-based …

Feeling skint? Sell your DNA

Is it time to cash-in your most valuable asset?<p>When it comes to bizarre money-making schemes, usually we’d be wary of anything involving your …

Will Natural Selection Make Us More Dumb? DNA May Shed Light On Whether We’ll Go to College

Humans aren’t necessarily becoming more dumb. However, if our genes that predispose us to spend more years in school continue to decline, it’s …

Large-scale study identifies 14 gene variants associated with obesity

There's been a flurry of research recently trying to pin down a single gene that could be responsible for obesity, but the fact is genes don't work …

Genetics

Quick Take: BGI Says It Will Slash Cost of Gene Testing to $300

Chinese gene testing firm BGI Genomics Co. vowed to halve the cost of its gene sequencing service to $300 per person, but this might not be enough to …

San Francisco

Why 40,000 Nevadans Are Having Their DNA Sequenced

A healthcare network and a research institute in Nevada are planning to sequence the DNA of 40,000 Nevadans, as part of an effort to understand what …

Genetics

Could same-sex couples soon conceive a child with both their DNA?

A recent scientific development could lead to new infertility treatments and bring same-sex couples one step closer to conceiving a child with both their DNA.<p>Dr. Azim Surani, a prominent scientist at the University of Cambridge, said he and his colleagues made a major discovery in mimicking the way …

Same-Sex Couples

Scientists have identified mutations in a gene linked to obesity

Newly-identified gene mutations could offer hope in the the fight against global obesity, scientists say.<p>A study led by Imperial College London found …

Mutations

What Is Nutrigenomics and Can It Improve Your Diet?

Experts predict nutrigenomics—eating based on your genetics—will be one of the biggest food trends of 2018.<p>Diet advice used to go something like …

Holistic Medicine

I Took an At-Home DNA Test to Help Customize My Skin Care

Should you get tested, too? A longtime beauty writer and a dermatologist weigh in.<p>I fully believe that knowledge is power, so when I heard that there …

Skin Care

Should Access to Your Own DNA Be Treated as a Civil Right?

Ten years ago this year, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a whopper of a law conceived at the onset of an era of rapid …

Civil Rights

18 different DNA test kits are discounted today on Amazon, starting at under $15

Home DNA testing kits are immensely popular right now. In fact, a DNA test kit was one of Amazon’s top-5 best-selling products on Black Friday. It’s …

Get $30 Off Oprah’s Favorite Online DNA Test and Ancestry Kit

There’s no better time to try out one of 23andMe’s best-selling at-home DNA kits, which not only reveal your family ancestry and ethnic breakdown, …

Genealogy

The Present and Future Asymmetry of Consumer Genetic Testing

Submitting a vial of spit to a genetic testing company is easy. Understanding the implications — and regulating the burgeoning industry — is not.<p>Late …

Molecular Biology

An Innovative Way of Collecting DNA Samples Should Have Researchers Salivating

<i>DNAsimple CEO Olivier Noel (right) and COO Joel Cobble (left) talk business in a New York City restaurant earlier this month with Mark Cuban, who</i> …

Mayo Clinic

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 …

Relationships

23andMe Launches Giant Weight-Loss Study - MIT Technology Review

Right now, a lot of Americans are getting their skis out of the attic and trying to fit into last year’s snow pants. More than a few will regret …

Sales Of Genetic Testing Services On Amazon Growing Rapidly

Amazon is increasingly becoming a marketplace where consumers can order genetic tests with a view to finding out their heritage or if they are …

What you're giving away with those home DNA tests

It sounds like such a fun holiday gift idea: a DNA test that can tell your sister-in-law whether she really has Native American ancestors, or one that promises to craft your friend a perfect diet based on his genes.<p>Home DNA tests are likely a big seller for the next few weeks, but privacy experts …

Molecular Biology

Is Ancestry.com Worth It? Cyber Monday Shoppers Think So

Sales of the DNA kit increased by 700 percent in just one day.<p>Though there are still a few sales going on, for the most part Cyber Monday has come to a close, and the data is in. More than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online during the holiday weekend, according to the National …

Could Genetic Testing Companies Violate Your Privacy?

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the privacy policies of at-home DNA testing companies.<p>These …

Ancestry’s Genetic Testing Kits Are Heading for Your Stocking This Year

This holiday season, more people than ever before are giving the gift of spit. Well, what’s <i>in</i> your spit, to be precise. Want to know where your …

Identical Triplets Test 3 Home DNA Kits for Accuracy

At-home DNA tests that reveal your family history and ancestral roots are gaining popularity before the holiday season, but how accurate are they? …