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I’ve taken AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and National Geographic genetics tests — here’s how to choose one to try

When deciding which consumer genetics test to take to learn about your ancestry or health, consider what you hope to get out of the experience. Here's what it's like to try three of the most popular tests.

Google’s life-extension spinoff teamed up with Ancestry to study 54 million family trees — and learned that a surprising factor helps dete...

Ancestry partnered with Google's life-extension spinoff and discovered that our genes play less of a role in how long we live than previously thought.
Your fingers may reveal a lot about you.

The length of your fingers could indicate your sexual orientation, according to new research

The length of our fingers could provide a clue to our sexuality, according to a new study. Previous research has shown how finger length relates to our personality and hormones we were exposed to in the womb.

23andMe opened a fake house in NYC where you can meet your genes — take a look inside

In October, 23andMe opened up an interactive pop-up exhibition the middle of Manhattan to help consumers visualize what their tests can do and better understand the data they might receive if they choose to take the test.  Here's what it was like.
By tweaking the DNA of an embryo, it will be possible to genetically modify future children. The question is

Genetically modified ‘designer babies’ might be okay, according to a top ethics council

A leading bioethics organization in the UK released a report that concluded that under certain circumstances, it could be ethically acceptable to genetically modify humans. There could even be reasons to modify embryos in ways that go beyond eliminating serious disease and enhance humans.

A blockbuster gene-editing tool has been linked to cancer — here’s how worried you should be

Headlines linking blockbuster gene-editing tool CRISPR to cancer sent stocks in companies trying to bring the technology to medicine tumbling. But scientists who study the technique say the concerns are overblown at best, and an incorrect interpretation of the science at worst.

A 23andMe competitor just launched its own cancer testing initiative — but it differs in a key way

Investor Vinod Khosla announced that consumer genetics company Color Genomics would offer testing for cancer and high cholesterol through a partnership with several leading universities. He made the announcement on Sunday at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas.

There’s new evidence of how our DNA shapes depression and other disorders like it

Several recent studies are helping to identify the genetic hallmarks of mental illnesses including depression, anxiety and, most recently, OCD.

Scientists discovered new genes that make humans intelligent

According to new research, there are 52 specific genes that may be responsible for human intelligence. Scientists want to find out what each one does.

NASA sent Scott Kelly to space for a year, and 7% of his genes are now expressed differently than those of his identical twin Mark

Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly are part of a NASA Twin Study designed to learn about how spending a year in space impacts gene expression.