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Dr. Lynch talks MTHFR, Methylation, and Folic Acid - MTHFR.Net

Depression, anxiety, insomnia, recurrent miscarriages, blood clots, cardiovascular issues – just some of the symptoms of MTHFR. Dr. Poppy Daniels, an …

Dr. Ben Lynch: MTHFR Gene, Beating Disease, & Folic Acid

Dr. Ben Lynch is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and one of the foremost experts in the MTHFR gene and how it affects your health. Ben is the …

Genetic test kits easily mislead

Cutting-edge companies often walk a tightrope between regulators trying to keep their technologies under control and marketers trying to push them out to consumers as fast as possible.<p>That's where a Silicon Valley company named 23andMe is today. The Mountain View, Calif., firm has been hawking …

Test Your DNA for Diseases — No Doctor Required

When Anne Wojcicki’s son was a baby, she ran a swab across the inside of his cheek, collecting DNA to send to a lab. Last year, when she was pregnant …

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 …

Is genetic testing humans playing God?

"It's a miracle," she told me. "We can now have a baby that won't have Huntington's disease. I thought I'd never be able to have any kids -- because of the disease." Her father had died from this disorder, which results from a gene mutation. She feared that she might have the mutation, too. But she …

Debate over use of genetic tests in insurance heats up

Canada's privacy watchdog says it wants to stop the insurance industry from using genetic test results when underwriting insurance policies, intensifying the debate over who should have access to such personal health information.<p>The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is calling on …

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The F.D.A. vs. Personal Genetic Testing

The United States Food and Drug Administration is not known for its prose. So the warning letter that it sent to 23andMe, the direct-to-consumer genetic-testing company, on November 22nd, was a surprise in more ways than one. “It reads like the letter of a jilted lover,” Misha Angrist, a former …

Genetic Testing for All Women? Not a Solution to the Breast Cancer Epidemic

The perseverance and scientific innovation of Dr. Mary Claire King, the geneticist whose efforts to identify the BRCA genes were initially scoffed at by her peers, cannot be underestimated or underappreciated. Her drive and desire to find better tools to address the breast cancer epidemic are …