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California Law Would Extend Genetic Non-Discrimination Protections

UPDATE (9/7/2011) California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law civil rights protections in the state to prevent discrimination against people based on their genetic information. A new California law, awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, would apply California’s broad anti-discriminatory protections to ...

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DTC Genetic Tests and the Future of Regulation: Make Your Voices Heard

On March 8th, the FDA convened a two-day advisory panel meeting to discuss questions related to direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The questions focused on the benefits and risks of providing consumers with direct access to these tests, potential strategies for communication and education to mitigate any ...

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23andMe Presents at FDA Advisory Panel Meeting on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests

Editor's note: This post has been altered from the original. The slides from the presentation have been removed. 23andMe, like many others, believes that individuals have a right to access their own genetic information and that personal genetics will pave the way for significant advances in healthcare. ...

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My $0.02 about The $1,000 Genome

Taken individually, the letters A, G, T, and C seem relatively harmless. However, when arranged three billion strong into a human genetic code, these letters have instilled fear of discrimination, disease risk, and a genetically engineered super race of humans (à la the 1997 film “GATTACA”).  Once only a ...

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Guidelines From Professional Human Genetics Societies and 23andMe Policies

by Uta Francke, M.D. The European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) has issued a policy statement on direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing for health-related purposes. Published in the Society's journal, the European Journal of Human Genetics, the statement addresses a multitude of issues and proposes ...

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23andMe….and me: Interview with Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is a Director of 23andMe and an investor in numerous Internet, private aviation, space and health care ventures.  She has also shared her genetic data, medical records and other personal information with the research community and the general public as a research subject for the Personal Genome ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation In Morphine Receptor May Play A Part In Coping With Social Rejection

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Find Link Between Red Hair and Avoiding The Dentist

Redheads might have a better excuse than the rest of us for avoiding the dentist. For several years now scientists have known that the same genetic variations that give redheads their fiery manes can increase the amount of general or local anesthetic a person needs in order to be properly put out or numbed ...

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Recalibrating the Genetic Clock: Scientists Develop New and Improved Method for Timing Prehistoric Human Migrations Using Mitochondrial DNA

Just over 20 years ago, the first study using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to trace prehistoric human migrations was published. In this seminal study, scientists managed to determine that all humans alive today can trace their maternal ancestry back to one woman who lived about 200,000 years ago in Africa. The ...

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Recommended Reading: The Stuff of Life

I spent the better part of my undergraduate career lugging around massive biology textbooks.  General biology, genetics, embryology: It didn't matter, they all weighed a ton. I pored over endless chapters of text, highlighting the important sentences, always wishing for more photos, more diagrams, more ...

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