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A Silicon Valley startup just launched a DNA-based health test that could be a big competitor to 23andMe

A new genetic test looks at your risk of diseases like cancer and high cholesterol. Unlike 23andMe's test, it includes genetic counseling and full sequencing.
A woman (not pictured) said she doesn't experience pain in the same way that others do.

A 71-year-old woman who described childbirth as ‘a tickle’ feels almost no pain or anxiety

Jo Cameron said that she feels very minimal pain, anxiety, and depression and in a new paper, experts think they have figured out why that is.
David Renteln, the cofounder of Soylent, has a new startup that makes nicotine gum.

The CEO of Silicon Valley’s favorite meal-replacement startup shares why he thinks the tide is shifting on genetic engineering

"The pendulum is swinging in favor of the science," Soylent CEO Bryan Crowley told Business Insider.

Getting pregnant while taking contraception could be beyond your control if you have a certain gene

A new study suggests some women may have an active gene that leads to a faster breakdown of contraceptive hormones in pills and implants.
What's your drink limit?

Some people may lack a ‘brake’ in their brains that stops them drinking too much

Certain genetic mutations may mean some people could have no limit to how much they can drink, according to a study of drunk mice.

Swiss drug giant Roche reportedly readies to buy the biotech behind the first FDA-approved gene therapy and the priciest medicine in the US

Roche could pay $5 billion for biotech company Spark Therapeutics. The pharma giant likely wants to expand its presence in hemophilia, a lucrative market.

After you spit into a tube for a DNA test like 23andMe, experts say you shouldn’t assume your data will stay private forever

The DNA from the spit you submitted to Ancestry or 23andMe might be private for now. But experts warn it's getting easier to link your DNA to your identity.

Bill and Melinda Gates shined a spotlight on at-home DNA tests like 23andMe, calling them one of last year’s biggest surprises

DNA tests helped catch a suspected serial killer last year. They may also help women have healthier pregnancies, according to the Gateses.
Binge drinking may trigger a vicious cycle of more drinking.

Binge drinking could change our genes and make us want to drink more, according to research

The new study suggests certain genes are damaged from heavy drinking that produce certain proteins, and these changes can lead us to want to drink more.

A genetic testing company you’ve never heard of could become a household name as it takes on 23andMe

Genetics company Invitae will soon let you order personal genetic tests. But unlike its biggest rival, a clinician will still have to be involved.