genetics

  • Two States Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

    Jun 15

    Maryland and Montana are the first states to restrict law enforcement's use of genetic genealogy. The New York Times reported in May of 2021. Genetic genealogy is the technique that identified the Golden State Killer in 2018. The laws in Maryland and Montana are an effort to ensure the genetic privacy of an accused person. Montana's House B...

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  • Study Confirms Basque “Genetic Singularity”

    Apr 13

    El Pais reported that researchers at Pompeu Fabra university (UPF) in Barcelona confirmed the “genetic singularity” of the Basques in Europe in the largest-ever study of almost 2,000 DNA samples. The investigation found this genetic difference only began to emerge 2,500 years ago in the Iron Age. The study was published in Current Biology....

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  • Scientists Tracked Fine-Scale Genetic Structure of Finland

    Mar 25

    Researchers from the University of Finland announced that they have used genetics data to track how genetics in Finland have changed within seven decades. This allowed the scientists to follow changes brought about by World War II. Their work can lead to better methods of tracking individuals’ genetic history. Researchers from the Univers...

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  • 23andMe Offers 23andMe+

    Oct 27

    23andMe is offering current 23andMe health service customers in the U.S. 23andMe+, a new annual membership. This membership provides customers with exclusive access to genetic reports, as well as new reports and features as they become available throughout the year. Priced at $29/year, 23andMe+ will offer existing customers instant access t...

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  • Ancestry and Bright Pink Join in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Oct 8

    Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States, which is why Ancestry and Bright Pink kicked-off a Breast Cancer Awareness Month education initiative. The partners launched a new, online information center on Ancestry's website featuring a series of videos, candid conversations and resources to help women navigate their breast h...

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  • Quest Diagnostics Launched NGS Engine to Power AncestryHealth

    Aug 20

    A new innovation in advanced genetic sequencing automation from Quest Diagnostics will now enable individuals to access highly accurate genetic testing providing insights into inherited diseases including cancers of the breast, colon, and other conditions through AncestryHealth. Quest developed a faster and cheaper way to perform next gener...

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  • Ancestry Updated Communities in Asia, Australia, and More

    Aug 4

    Ancestry has unveiled updated AncestryDNA communities to help members who have ties to Asia, Polynesia, South Africa, and Australia. The update enables members to better pinpoint where in the world their ancestor were most likely from. Ancestry is constantly developing new ways for members to learn more about themselves through DNA and is e...

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  • New Genetic Association Identified for Heart Failure

    Mar 24

    23andMe announced that researchers at Johns Hopkins University have identified three genes associated with heart failure, a devastating condition that affects an estimated 23 million people worldwide. The study was originally published in the journal Nature Communications. The study offers researchers new insight into the underlying biology...

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  • Pentagon Warns Military Not to Use Consumer DNA Test Kits

    Jan 9

    The Pentagon is warning military service members against using popular consumer DNA test kits, ABC News reported. A copy of the memo was posted on Scribd. The memo from the office of the Secretary of Defense stated (in part): “It has come to the attention of the DoD that some direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies are encourag...

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  • Department of Justice Made Rules About Forensic Genetic Genealogy

    Oct 17

    The United States Department of Justice announced an interim policy on forensic genetic genealogy (FGG). It is an emerging investigative technique that will combine technological advancements in DNA analysis and searching with traditional genealogy research. The rules go into effect on November 1, 2019. Forensic genetic genealogy is someti...

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