Megan Daumeyer

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Human genetics successes and failures: ASHG stories of disease genes.

If you want a look at a high-profile field dealing with a lot of humbling snags, peer into #ASHG2013, the Twitter hashtag for last week’s meeting of …

Britain ponders 'three-person embryos' to combat genetic diseases

The government is considering whether to propose legal changes that would allow radical new treatments for families at risk of incurable genetic diseases that involve the creation of so-called "three-person embryos".<p>A national consultation released on Wednesday by the UK's fertility watchdog found …

The Latest on Genetic Testing

How much can you learn from prenatal genetic testing? We went to the experts to find out.<p>There are a few different categories of genetic testing that parents should know about, says Ellen Simpson, Ph.D., a genetics counselor in the prenatal diagnostic center at the University of California, San …

Pregnancy

The Emotional Costs of Genetic Testing

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed at the thought of prenatal genetic testing? You're not alone.<p>The risks of most genetic testing are more emotional than physical, says Ellen Simpson, Ph.D., a genetics counselor in the prenatal diagnostic center at the University of California, San Francisco Medical …

Pregnancy

More On Google's Plan To Cure Death: It Will Spend Hundreds Of Millions Examining Our Genetic Material

Details on Calico were virtually non-existent though. While Time ran a big cover story on Calico with the headline, "Can Google Solve Death?" there was no word on what Google was spending, or how it planned to, uhh, solve death.<p>Dan Primack at Fortune did some digging and he came up with some of the …

Designer babies: Is genetic screening healthy or harmful?

The U.S.-based genetic testing company 23andMe has patented a system for parents who are conceiving a child with donor sperm.<p>The tests screen for …