Genetic Testing

What you should know about treatment for genetic heart disease

Heart disease often runs in families, meaning certain characteristics of a family history could point to a genetic heart disorder, such as Marfan …

Molecular Biology

That DNA you send in the mail can help trace your ancestry. It can also get you arrested.

Trying to unravel the mystery of your genetics through programs like 23andMe.com or Ancestry.com can also help police unravel a criminal …

Lifestyle

23andUs | Jacob Silverman

Recently I’ve been stalked, in the way we’ve all had to get used to in recent years, by a certain ad campaign. The opaque alchemy of digital …

Racism

Houston Texans should add genetic testing to draft process

Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images<p>With all of the non-contact injuries we are seeing around the NFL, Deshaun Watson included, the Houston Texans must …

NFL

STAT Plus: In a sea of bowel bugs, another species that makes colon cancer grow

For decades, doctors have made a curious observation: people stricken with a particular heart or blood infection often developed colorectal …

Cancer

Genetic testing and insurance: I was destined to get cancer, but I don't deserve discrimination

From the moment I was conceived, I was destined to get cancer.<p>My parents didn't know it at the time. My family carries the BRCA1 gene fault. More …

Cancer

The 7 Scary Conditions That Pap Smears Don’t Test For

<i>By Megan Flemmit, photography by skadyfernix</i> <i>/ Freepik</i><p><b>Make sure all your bases are covered.</b><p>By now you probably know that having regular pap smears is …

Ovarian Cancer

You Can Get Your DNA Tested At An NFL Game. Should You?

Depending on who you ask, finding out whether your genes make you a better athlete or give you healthier skin may be as easy as swabbing your cheeks for a DNA test on your way into a football game. But others say these "wellness" tests marketed directly to consumers are modern snake oil – …

DNA

Genetic discrimination in life insurance threatening lives and impeding research, researchers claim

When Peter Garvey tried to upgrade his life insurance policy for peace of mind after having three children, he was denied cover for cancer because he …

Insurance

The FDA Will Finally Let You See Your Genetic Information

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) head Scott Gottlieb is reeling in his agency's outrageous four-year ban on direct-to-consumer genetic …

Molecular Biology

Edwina is not sick, but a genetic test a decade ago is denying her insurance

Edwina Sawyer has been denied life insurance by half a dozen policyholders, but she's not sick.<p>She doesn't smoke or drink excessively, and has taken …

Insurance

23andMe and the problem with genetic testing

Anne Wojcicki is the chief executie and co-founder of 23andMe.<p><b>23andMe</b>, the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, launched 10 years ago this …

DNA

New England's Unsolved Podcast: Theresa Corley

<b>by:</b> Updated: Nov 3, 2017 - 7:05 PM<p>Loading...<p><b>BOSTON</b> - A brutal murder has haunted a Bellingham family and baffled state police investigators for …

Cox Media Group

Parents' heartbreak after daughter's death as experts call for more genetic testing

Kirsty and Aaron McConnell lost their 18-month-old daughter, Lily, to a form of motor neurone disease called spinal muscular atrophy in March.<p>"To …

Fragile X Syndrome

Mistake in interpreting test results led to removal of breasts, uterus, Oregon woman says

Elisha Cooke-Moore had been told she had cancer-causing genes.<p>The 36-year-old mother said an obstetrician-gynecologist noted that the results of her …

Cancer

‘I’m Permanently Damaged.’ Woman Sues After She Says Doctors Unnecessarily Removed Her Breasts and Uterus

TIME Health<p>For more, visit TIME Health.<p>Last year, Elisha Cooke-Moore made the hardest decision of her life: After doctors said genetic tests revealed …

Cancer

The Nootropics Community Is Using 23andMe to Match Smart Drugs to Their DNA

There are multiple software options that analyze your genetic data and make recommendations on which supplements you should be taking.<p>In what might be peak body hacking self-optimization fever, people have started combining nootropics, or "smart drugs," with genetic testing. Cue the <i>Silicon Valley</i> …

DNA

Why we should test everyone's genes to predict disease

If you could take a test that would reveal the diseases you and your family might be more likely to get, would you want to do it?<p>Rapid developments …

DNA

Genetic Testing For Newborns Raising Concerns About Privacy & Discrimination

<b>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)</b> — Every newborn in the United States undergoes testing for about 30 congenital conditions.<p>But what if your new baby could be …

Genetics

Fatal Genes

Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them<p>by Gina Kolata<p>St. Martins, 262 pp., $25.99<p>In …

Books

The atheist’s case against abortion: respect for human rights

I am an atheist, a 29-year-old woman, well-educated at secular institutions, and I lean liberal on many issues, including same-sex marriage and …

Rights & Freedoms

Jewish groups express concern over cancer testing

The NHS is missing the opportunity to test cancer patients for the BRCA gene mutation as a prevention strategy, according to a leading charity.<p>A …

Cancer

What DNA Testing Companies’ Terrifying Privacy Policies Actually Mean

You probably wouldn’t hand out your social security number without having a pretty good idea of how that information was going to be used, right? …

DNA

Difficult Decisions

There is a lot of excitement about genetic testing in the media these days. The marketing of direct-to-consumer testing is at a fever pitch. The Food …

DNA

If These 6 Illnesses Run in Your Family, You May Want to Get a Checkup

You get your checkups and live for kale—great! But if you don't know why Grandpa was in the hospital or why Mom takes those meds, you're missing out …

Cancer

Genetic testing startup Prenetics gets $40M from investors, including Alibaba’s Hong Kong fund

Prenetics, a genetic testing startup, plans to expand into more Asian countries after raising a $40 million Series B led by Beyond Ventures and Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund.<p>The round also includes capital from Yuantai Investment Partners, mFund and eGarden Ventures, and brings Prenetics’ …

Startups

Everything DNA, Genetics and Genomics, for Everyone!

DNA Geeks is a passion project started by friends who have worked at major consumer genetic testing companies. We love genetics, education, and …

Genomics

I Was About to Have a Double Mastectomy—Then a Genetic Test Changed My Life

I have a lot of breast cancer in my family. I have an older sister who was diagnosed at stage 3 when she was 39, a grandmother who had stage 4 in her …

Cancer

Genetic testing to predict medication side effects

<i>Follow me on Twitter</i> @RobShmerlingMedication side effects are a big problem. It’s estimated that about half of filled prescriptions are not taken as …

Molecular Biology

The 'Jolie Effect': How Celebrities Influence Our Medical Decisions

Wellness<p>According to a new study, Hollywood has a big impact on how we seek treatment for health conditions.<p>by Nicole Spector /<p>After Angelina Jolie's 2013 revelation that she underwent a bilateral mastectomy after learning she had a genetic predisposition for developing breast cancer, the numbers …

Health