In December 2013, Erika Stallings called to make an appointment to take the BRCA test and was told she first needed to meet with a genetic counselor. The first available appointment was the following May. This five-month wait was unexpected and unwelcome

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When Angela Collins and her partner wanted to have a child, they reached out to a sperm bank in Georgia to look for potential donors. They thought they had found the perfect match in Donor 9623, described as a man with an I.Q. of 160 who was healthy and working toward his PhD

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Peter Bowes has been on a new diet that claims to guard against disease and slow ageing. Then he met a group with a mutation that lets them eat what they want while enjoying the same protection

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My sister has told me that her son is not the biological son of her husband. His sperm count was very low; she was having an affair and became pregnant. Her son (middle-aged) doesn’t know, and her husband (now divorced) doesn’t, either. Recently, my sister told the other man, asking him not to tell anyone. Now he knows he has a son and a grandchild

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President Obama remarked “I would like to think that if somebody does a test on me or my genes, that that’s mine.” Lots of people would make that same assumption – it seems sensible that we would each “own” our genetic information. But the legal reality is quite different

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Consumers with iPhones can click to contribute their genetic information to medical studies

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Art Caplan and Carolyn Plunkett: The Zika outbreak sweeping through South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean–and steadily moving north–has made mosquito control a top priority for national and international leaders, including the CDC and WHO

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Meeting My DNA

March 16, 2016

Seeing my genealogy for the first time was thrilling. 23andMe also scanned its database of others who had submitted their genetic material to the company for potential DNA matches. It identified over a hundred of my relatives, ranging from fourth to eighth cousins

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