Search Results for: fear

Fear Not The Genome

We would like to give a little shout-out to Holly Dunsworth, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Rhode Island and a blogger, for her thoughtful post “Be Afraid of Fear, Not Personal Genomics.” While there are legitimate topics for debate about genetic testing, some coverage veers ...

Read more

Insurance Fears and Genetic Testing

Last Sunday's New York Times had an interesting story by Amy Harmon about people who choose not to undergo genetic diagnostic testing, or try to keep their results a secret, out of fear that they will lose their health coverage. But the letters in response to that story, published in this Sunday's paper, ...

Read more

Coming Home

The best things take time, or at least that’s one way of looking at why Jonathan Hay waited so long to meet his biological mother in person. “I’ve been avoiding it for two years out of fear,” said Jonathan, a music producer and publicist. But the fear evaporated when the two finally met in ...

Read more

A Wish Comes True

Maria Biskie spent her life searching. Born in the Philippines in 1973, she never knew her father. In her lowest moments, she’d longed to have him by her side. That day came earlier this year, after testing with 23andMe. “There were a lot of times in my life which were very rough and very hard for me,” ...

Read more

A Girl with Guts

At her darkest moment, feeling alone and drained by a daunting disease, Jackie Zimmerman began to write. “This is when things began to change for me,” said Jackie. As she blogged about the isolation of being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and having her large intestine removed, Jackie began to ...

Read more

A Lucky Man

By Jonathan Fischer My name is Jonathan Fischer. I was adopted shortly after birth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Not knowing more than where I was born, I always wondered about my origins and who my parents were. But I was also afraid about what I might find out, so for years I did nothing. Then not too long ...

Read more

The role of genetics in well-being

In one of the largest-ever genome wide association study for behavioral traits, researchers have found three genetic variants associated with a person’s sense of well-being. The study published this week in the journal Nature Genetics, also looked at genetic associations with depression and what is called ...

Read more

How Lucky I Am

Of course he knew he was adopted but that only made Tony Mercer wonder more about what made him so tall, and his thumbs so stubby, and where he got his passion for playing the piano. “My adoptive family was very caring and supportive as I was growing up, but I never felt completely …integrated,” said Tony, a ...

Read more

Patients Perspective on Parkinson’s Disease

As federal regulators listened, patients told them of their symptoms — the sleepless nights, the days with uncontrollable tremors or the little struggles simply maintaining their balance. Some of those with Parkinson’s who spoke at the special U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting in late ...

Read more

Not Everyone is Expected to Stay

A few weeks ago Vox did a piece about a 23andMe customer, who at 50 found his biological sister and his mother using the service. He’d been adopted. His sister never knew her mother had had a son that she put up for adoption. Their initial meeting was joyous, which we wrote about, but in the ensuing years ...

Read more

Return to top