A reporter’s effort to erase her genetic footprint gets snared in a thicket of policies and rules

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Anthony Ryan Hatch writes, “Moments after Neo eats the red pill in “The Matrix,” he touches a liquefied mirror that takes over his skin, penetrating the innards of his body with computer code. When I first learned about the controversial new digital drug Abilify MyCite, I thought of this famous scene and wondered what kinds of people were being remade through this new biotechnology”

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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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On May 6, the “All of Us” study started enrolling participants. This national study will be one of the largest ever examining the connection between genetics, behavior and medical outcomes, with a goal of 1 million or more participants. Anyone over the age of 18 in the U.S. can join

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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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Q&A featuring comments from our Juli Murphy Bollinger

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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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What does that mean for genetic privacy?

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