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Genetically modified ‘designer babies’ might be okay, according to a top ethics council

A leading bioethics organization in the UK released a report that concluded that under certain circumstances, it could be ethically acceptable to genetically modify humans. There could even be reasons to modify embryos in ways that go beyond eliminating serious disease and enhance humans.

I’ve taken AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and National Geographic genetics tests — here’s how to choose one to try

When deciding which consumer genetics test to take to learn about your ancestry or health, consider what you hope to get out of the experience. Here's what it's like to try three of the most popular tests.

23andMe plans to send DNA kits to try to reunite families separated at the border — but privacy issues loom

After congressional representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) talked to 23andMe about the potential of using genetic testing to help reunite families separated at the border, CEO Anne Wojcicki tweeted they'd "offered to donate kits and resources to do the genetic testing." The company is working on it.

Lawmakers are asking DNA-testing companies about their privacy policies — here’s what you should know when taking genetics tests like 23an...

When sending in your DNA sample, it's important to understand who owns that information and who will be able to see it.

Pharma giant Roche just made a $2.4 billion bet on cancer data

Roche on Tuesday bought the rest of Foundation Medicine, a company that collects genetic data from samples of cancer tissue or blood, for $2.4 billion. Roche had held a majority stake in the company, and the deal values Foundation at $5.3 billion.

A blockbuster gene-editing tool has been linked to cancer — here’s how worried you should be

Headlines linking blockbuster gene-editing tool CRISPR to cancer sent stocks in companies trying to bring the technology to medicine tumbling. But scientists who study the technique say the concerns are overblown at best, and an incorrect interpretation of the science at worst.
Robby Keesb eats a Shake Shack burger in front of New York Stock Exchange as part of the company's IPO celebration January 30, 2015.

There could be a genetic reason some people get ‘hangry’

23andMe asked its research participants a question about if they get "hangry." Based on the responses from more than 100,000 participants as well as their genetic data, 23andMe pinpointed two genetic variants associated with "hanger."

A 23andMe competitor just launched its own cancer testing initiative — but it differs in a key way

Investor Vinod Khosla announced that consumer genetics company Color Genomics would offer testing for cancer and high cholesterol through a partnership with several leading universities. He made the announcement on Sunday at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas.

How to delete your DNA data from genetics companies like 23andMe and Ancestry

The suspected Golden State Killer was recently found in part based on a DNA sample submitted to a commercial genetics website. If that has you concerned about the security of your own genetic material, here's how to wipe it from sites like Ancestry and 23andMe.

Genetics company 23andMe is rolling out a huge initiative for people with ADHD and depression — but psychologists are worried

23andMe now lets users share information about what treatments for conditions like depression and ADHD do and don't work for them. 5,000 people have used the feature so far.