• 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Study Provides Insight Into Genetics of Same-Sex Behavior

    Sep 5

    23andMe reported that a new genome-wide association study (GWAS) involving more than 490,000 individuals, including 75,000 23andMe customers who consented to research, offers an intriguing glimpse into the complexity of sexual behavior.  23andMe points out that the study found thousands of genetic variants with very, very, small affects o...


  • Study Identifies 69 Genes that Increase Risk of Autism

    Aug 27

    A study that was led by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) identified 69 genes that increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder. The study was published in the journal Cell, and was based on a study of families with at least two children who have autism. The Autism Society states that autism spectrum disorder is a complex ...


  • Doctors Alter U.S. Woman’s Genes with CRISPR

    Aug 20

    For the first time ever, doctors in the United States have used CRISPR to alter the genes of an adult woman. CRISPR is a controversial genetic editing tool that has previously been used to edit human embryos. Victoria Gray is a 41-year-old woman from Mississippi, and the first person in the United States to have her cells altered with CRISP...


  • 23andMe Offers Genetic Report on Type 2 Diabetes

    Mar 26

    23andMe has a new Type 2 Diabetes report that offers customers insight into their likelihood of developing one of the most prevalent, pernicious, and preventable health conditions in the United States. 23andMe hopes that the Type 2 Diabetes report will help raise awareness about diabetes, as well as the potential to make healthy lifestyle changes ...