Prominent University of Illinois at Chicago psychiatrist enrolled her young sons as healthy control subjects in troubled study

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In a letter to the Baltimore Sun, a group of geneticists, genetic counselors, and ethicists, including our Debra Mathews, supports efforts to reunite immigrant families as quickly as possible, while raising serious concerns about the use of DNA testing as a means of achieving this goal

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The untold story of Ancestry.com. Lynn Schwiebert was 67-years-old when she decided to figure out who she really was. She had spent years tracing her lineage back multiple generations. Then she took an Ancestry DNA test. “My research showed I was 100 percent British, I wanted to prove that I was right.”

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Who is your emergency contact? The answer to that question, standard in every doctor’s office, has now been used to predict the role of genes in hundreds of conditions, from diabetes to high cholesterol

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Many privileges come with having a doctor in the family: appointments squeezed into busy schedules as personal favors, a conspicuous lack of financial strain, an ability to comprehend both treatment plans and health care systems. But familial and professional roles often clash in a health crisis

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Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Berman Institute, raises some cautions. “There’s kind of a range of issues that people need to think about before they swab their cheek and send their credit card,”. Kahn said that besides the potential of unearthing long-buried family secrets, there’s the issue of what happens to the data. Many consumers don’t realize that if they agree to all the terms, their information is likely sold

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We have seen a rush for human remains before. More than a century ago, anthropologists were eager to assemble collections of skeletons. They were building a science of humanity and needed samples of skulls and bones to determine evolutionary history and define the characteristics of human races

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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 up finding out they have a parent or sibling they didn’t know existed. It can be hard to keep family secrets under wraps when all it takes to reveal them is $99 and a mouthful of spit

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