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Genetic Testing

Genetics as Rohrshachs: Pondering Genes and Fate

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"I always knew I shouldn't have stayed in that job and that apartment," a social worker with breast cancer and a mutation for the disease recently tol...

Why Do Some See My Daughter's Life As 'Wrongful'?

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

We live in a culture where disability is celebrated as a mark of human diversity (think of Becky on Glee) and even, in some cases, genius (think of Stephen Hawking). We also live in a culture where disability is viewed as an obstacle to be overcome through prenatal testing.

Before You Are Pregnant

Anne Wojcicki | Posted 03.15.2012 | Science
Anne Wojcicki

Currently insurance companies, by and large, pay for targeted carrier status genetic testing if it can be justified and if you are pregnant. But this timing is not optimal and the ancestry guesswork is often wrong. Consumers should have the choice to test before conception.

Catherine Pearson

Would You Tell Your Kids If You Had The Breast Cancer Gene? | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Karen Kramer's children were 9, 14 and 16 when she told them she'd tested positive for a harmful BRCA gene mutation, putting her at much higher risk o...

Narcissistic Parents: Will Their Kids Be All Right?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 12.12.2011 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

While the parents of toddlers in tiaras may be hyper focused on enhancing their children's beauty -- narrow as that 'talent' may be -- is it really that different from the dynamics involved in other children's competitions?

Should Kids Be Genetically Tested For Adult Diseases?

Posted 06.19.2011 | Home

If given the chance, many parents would test their children to see if they are genetically predisposed to diseases like diabetes or heart disease, U...

Should Kids Be Genetically Tested For Adult Diseases?

TIME | Bonnie Rochman | Posted 06.18.2011 | Home

Parents test kids for adult-onset diseases despite recommendations against it, new research shows....

Could Gene Tests Tell If Kids Will Be Sports Stars?

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — Was your kid born to be an elite athlete? Marketers of genetic tests claim the answer is in mail-order kits costing less than $200. S...

Combat in Our Genes?

Jay Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Stanley

Born soldiers may say they have "combat in our genes" -- but a new report suggests the Pentagon may want to give the phrase whole new meaning by turning DNA into the next military battleground.

People Aren't Fazed By Genetic Test Results, It Turns Out

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Consumers who get their DNA tested for health risks take the results in stride, says the first major study of how people react to com...

What Do Cows' Milk And Thicker Skulls Have In Common?

Gregory Cochran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gregory Cochran

Note that old-style humans had much thicker skulls than we do today. Field researchers have actually mistaken fragments of a homo erectus skull for part of a turtle shell.

Family History Trumps Genetic Testing To Predict Disease

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Make Grandma spill the beans: Uncovering all the diseases that lurk in your family tree can trump costly genetic testing in predict...

Don't "Protect" Us From Our Own Genetic Information

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Smolenyak

Unfortunately, there is a tendency towards a paternalistic attitude by certain groups in the medical professions who seek to limit access to medical information that is not directly under their control.

How You Can Use Your Genetic Profile (VIDEO)

Big Think | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Nicholas LaRusso, director of the Center for Innovation at the Mayo Clinic, talks about how he helps people to modify their lifestyles based on their ...

Studying Genes Can Predict Who Will Live To 100

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — The oldest among us seem to have chosen their parents well. Researchers closing in on the impact of family versus lifestyle find mo...

Health Care Wars: Embedded Reporter

Michael Downing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Downing

I have a confession to make: I sort of like my insurance company. In the last five years, it has shelled out a lot of money to save my life, which has endeared it to me.

Brandeis Conducts Genetic Tests On Students

Brandeis Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Dr. Harry Ostrer, the geneticist behind the testing, came to Brandeis with a team of assistants from New York University to conduct free genetic tests...

Spitting Into The Future

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

There's a cheap way to know the future and it involves popping a little bit of your spit in the mail.

Sushi DNA Tests Reveal "Fishy" Fraud | Aaron Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

[A] team of researchers from Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History ordered tuna from 31 sushi restaurants and then used genet...

Why I Spat and Why You Should Care

Michelle Lamar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Lamar

My siblings and I don't have our parents, so being able to spit into a cup and find some of the answers to our family health history is a blessing and a tremendous opportunity.

Who's Your Daddy? Find Out At Rite-Aid

New York Times | Andrew Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Genetic testing is now available at the drugstore. A company called Sorenson Genomics has started selling a paternity test kit through Rite Aid stores...