All posts tagged with testing

Link: So easy to match DNA to names

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Forensic genealogy is now mainstream. From Bloomberg Businessweek, a report by Kristen Brown: “A Researcher Needed Three Hours to Identify Me From My DNA”.

DNA genealogy and forensic cold cases

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This year there have been some amazing new leads in “cold cases” by using a new kind of DNA approach, using public genealogy websites to look for people who ...

Link: DNA conspiracy theories

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In a post this week on the Anthropology News site of the American Anthropological Association, the sociologist Joan Donovan describes her work on DNA identit...

Link: DNA conspiracy theories

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In a post this week on the Anthropology News site of the American Anthropological Association, the sociologist Joan Donovan describes her work on DNA identit...

Sequencing baby Khan

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MIT Technology Review has an article this week about Razib Khan’s efforts to sequence his baby son in utero: “For One Baby, Life Begins with Genome Revealed”.

The DNA portrait artist

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Twitter gets results! A group of geneticists (honestly, including me) were kvetching on Twitter about this NPR story: “Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found DNA I...

The problem of Lance retraction

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Retraction Watch comments on a provocative case: Should a scientific paper that measured Lance Armstrong’s exercise physiology during his Tour de France days...

"Ancestry is complicated and very messy"

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Mark Thomas has a Guardian piece reacting to some recent genetics promotion in the UK: “To claim someone has ‘Viking ancestors’ is no better than astrology”....

Privacy of genetic research participants

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Misha Angrist, writing in Nature News comments (“Genetic privacy needs a more nuanced approach”) on the recent study that demonstrated the possibility of fin...

Metaphyseal fusion

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Holly Dunsworth, whom readers will remember from my previous links to her work in genetics education, recounts a personal experience to show how the “inciden...

High coverage second thoughts

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Vicki Lewis writes a worthwhile post: <a href=http://blogs.plos.org/dnascience/2012/11/01/why-i-dont-want-to-know-my-genome-sequence/”>”Why I Dont Want...

The cost of sequencing

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In all the stories about the lowering cost of DNA sequencing, this NY Times contribution has to be the most heartbreaking: “Infant DNA Tests Speed Diagnosis ...

Fearfully genetic

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Holly Dunsworth comments on an NPR report on personal genomics: “Be afraid of fear, not personal genomics”.

Grasping the genomic palantir

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Gina Kolata writes in the New York Times about the conundrum faced by research scientists who inadvertently discover the health risks of their research parti...

Alzheimer's long read

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The New York Times has a powerful story about the genetics of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, by Gina Kolata: “An Alzheimer’s gene: one family’s saga”.

Sex, steroids and sport

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The Guardian is giving us some pre-London-Olympic buildup, including an interesting article about the impact of strategies to make female athletes more like ...

Gene doping mice

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Andy Coghlan reports on work using viral vectors to amp up mouse muscles, a form of “gene doping”, in New Scientist: “Blood tests won’t stop gene cheats”.

Finding the scary genes

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John Lauerman reports in BusinessWeek on his experience participating in the Personal Genome Project:

Ancestry perspective from 23andMe

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Stanford geneticist Joanna Mountain recounts some of the experience she brings to 23andMe in her role as Senior Director of Research: “Solving mysteries via ...

Genotyping the intro class

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Holly Dunsworth, at the University of Rhode Island, is undertaking a unique project with her undergraduate course this semester, providing 23andMe genotyping...

Genetics and privacy

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“Harvard prof Henry Louis Gates Jr. hunting for great-great grandfather”

The Mayflower criminal registry

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Of some interest with respect to DNA databases and privacy concerns: “DNA links 1991 killing to Colonial-era family”.

Over coffee

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G: Guess what Daddy and I learned last night? I'm more Neandertal than he is!

A quick look at your Neandertal fraction

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The 23andMe blog, the Spittoon, has a description of their new technique to use 23andMe SNPs to estimate any customer’s fraction of Neandertal: “Find your in...

Anodyne DTC genetics

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The Wall Street Journal has an op-ed by Matt Ridley, on the topic of possible regulation of consumer genetic testing. He writes that after years of relative ...

Delete the troubling data

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Misha Angrist turns on the sarcasm filter for a proposal to discard raw data that may trouble research subjects (“If you want to destroy my sweater”):

Brain scans and gene scans

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Wray Herbert notes the fallacy of interpreting fMRI and other brain imagery as especially meaningful: “The Brain Is Not an Explanation”. I’m pointing to this...

Genetics without the disclaimers

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The NY Times covers a new genome-wide association study of SNP variants and response to exercise (“Is Fitness All in the Genes?”).

I'm a genetic libertarian

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Much news coming out of the FDA public meeting on direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetics. Dan Vorhaus was at the proceedings and reports on them (“Looking Ahead A...

FDA-DTC genetics meeting

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been holding a meeting about Direct-to-Consumer genetic testing. Daniel MacArthur has been following the proceeding...

DNA relatives

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Steve Mount works through the math of “relative finder” predictions from 23andMe (and by extension, other personal genome tests): “Genetic genealogy and the ...

Data minding

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Dan MacArthur reads the American Medical Association’s letter to the FDA about direct-to-consumer genetics testing, and doesn’t like what he sees (“American ...

Finding hidden incest

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Another unexpected result of gene chips: Identifying hidden incest in the course of routine tests for developmental disabilities:

Paying for personalized medicine

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Virginia Hughes writes about the challenges on the business side of personalized medicine: “Genomics Revolution(s)”. She builds the topic up from a few peopl...

No worries, DNA testers

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I’ve started teaching my course in anthropological genetics again this semester. I’ll be posting relevant material here every so often, particularly as we co...

Sports and genetics

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Sports Are 80 Percent Mental has an interview with Peter Vint of the U.S. Olympic Committee: “Do Young Athletes Need Practice Or Genetics? A Conversation Wit...

Open data genomics

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Nature this week carries a story by Ewen Callaway titled, “The rise of the genome bloggers”. The main subject is Dienekes Pontikos, whose “Dodecad Ancestry P...

Genomes unzipped, ancestry revealed

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Last week I linked to Genomes Unzipped participant Joe Pickrell (“Ancestry unzipped”), who was working through the ancestry calculations that made his genome...

Ancestry unzipped

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One of the incredible benefits of the open source approach to genomics is that non-practitioners have a chance to see how interpretations are built. Sometime...

Heritability and genetic test essay

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Neuroscientist Dorothy Bishop provides a student-level opinion piece in the Guardian that addresses the “missing heritability” problem without using the term...

Personal genomics debacle?

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Daniel MacArthur is reporting on today’s big showdown between Congress and genomics testing companies: “A sad day for personal genomics.”

Berkeley DNA comments

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Marie-Claire Shanahan has written on A Blog Around the Clock an essay discussing the Berkeley genetic test:

Berkeley DNA tests revisited

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I wrote about the UC Berkeley genetic testing of incoming freshmen earlier this spring. The summer is halfway over and the saliva kits have been sent. Now Sc...

DNA arrest database

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In yesterday’s DNA news, the U.S. House of Representatives wants to pay for an expansion of federal DNA databases to include all arrestees:

UC-Berkeley genetic tests for freshmen

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I’m not sure which tags to apply to this story. I’m torn between “colossally-bad-ideas” and “university-auditions-for-big-brother”.

GET smart

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Carl Zimmer describes his experience as a master of ceremonies (with Robert Krulwich) at the Genomes, Envrionments, Traits conference (“A day among the genom...

Whole genome action

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Daniel MacArthur writes a thoughtful summary of a new study of the DNA of Stephen Quake: “What can you learn from a whole genome sequence?”

Havasupai DNA case links

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Amy Harmon returned to the NY Times last weekend with a story about the court settlement between Arizona State University and the Havasupai tribe (“Indian tr...

Gene patents at risk

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A Federal court has thrown out Myriad Genetics’ patents on tests for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, risk factors in breast and ovarian cancer:

NIH genetic test registry

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The National Institutes of Health directorate this week announced the creation of a new database for tracking and providing public information about commerci...

This weeks' genomes

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Actress Glenn Close joins the ranks of the genomed; Daniel MacArthur discusses the celebrity genomics trend.

23andMe

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From Razib: “Creative destruction in the personal genomics industry?”

Texas newborn DNA experimentation

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A couple of weeks ago, the Texas Tribune reported on an investigation of the archiving of blood samples taken from newborn infants: “DNA Deception”.

Gene-a-dope

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Science gives us a “policy forum” this week on gene doping. The lead author, Theodor Friedmann, is the chair of the “Gene Doping Expert Group” at the World A...

The Church of personal genomics

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I complained mightily about the problems I had getting George Church’s essay (“The Genome Generation”). Church is the major organizer of the Personal Genome ...

Bad genes

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Well, if your genes don’t make you a bad driver, maybe they’ll make you a murderer: “Lighter sentence for murderer with ‘bad genes’”

Common traits and GWA

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Worth reading: Daniel MacArthur comments on 23andMe’s reporting of genome-wide associations coming from their customer surveys of traits. The skinny:

Is your genome worth guarding?

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Katrina Voss wrote in New Scientist a couple of weeks ago: “Your genome isn’t that precious – give it away”. After discussing legislative efforts to provide ...

Caster Semenya

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Is there such a thing as “failing” a gender test?

"The Human Family Tree"

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We flipped the TV to the National Geographic Channel last night to watch “The Human Family Tree” special. I like the premise of testing the relations of peop...

Mailbag: Race, words and definitions

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I believe this problem with the word "race" which biologists have needs to be handled as a communication problem. The way that biologists use the term is, li...

Modern genomics and race

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Another little thing from that Anne Wojcicki interview that I linked last week – she fielded a question about race:

Free credit reports and consumer genetics

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The Freakonomics blog has a long question-and-answer with Anne Wojcicki, of 23andMe. It’s interesting to see how she takes reader questions – many of the an...

IRB DTC RFI

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The Genomics Law Report is an interesting newish blog from the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson. Dan MacArthur pointed me there.

Genetic testing by Amway

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Daniel MacArthur has been indispensable lately – if you are interested in consumer genetics, check out his post on Amway’s “Heart Health” genetic tests. The ...

Turning ACGT into poetry

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The Economist has a “special report” on personalized medicine, focusing on the business of the current set of sequence providers. Generally speaking, Dan Mac...

A gene doping summit

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The AP’s Howard Fendrich reports on an American Enterprise Institute conference about gene doping:

Population genomics rising

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Genetic Future has been on fire lately, with various announcements from and about genomics testing companies. More on that later. Today, he reflects upon the...

Magic indistinguishable from genomics

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ThinkGene has a nice critical post reviewing some of deCODE Genetics’ advertising. The main idea is that genetic tests as yet provide almost no information w...

Bobsleds, no; sprinting, yes

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If you’re interested in athletic performance and genetics, read Daniel Macarthur on ACTN3, sprinting, and Jamaica:

How much data in your genome

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Daniel Macarthur, of Genetic Future, reviews the amount of information required to store genomic information. Naturally, you’d probably think it was around 1...

The road to prophylaxis

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Jane Brody writes about hereditary cancers, and genetic testing. It's sort of a self-education kind of piece. The theme is the extreme: radical surgeries th...

"Blood Matters" review

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The NY Times is running a review by Jennifer Senior of the new book, Blood Matters, by Masha Gessen. The book details Gessen's journey through modern-day ge...

DNA testing and health insurance

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Amy Harmon brings several patients' stories to this article, "Fear of insurance trouble leads many to shun or hide DNA tests."

Hunting for your child's DNA doppelganger

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Maybe you believe you have an identical twin somewhere. Or if not a twin, at least someone who looks a lot like you, a doppelganger. Someone who looks like ...

DNA tests split immigrant families

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I missed this story about immigration and DNA testing when it was printed earlier this year. The story looks at some personal stories of immigrants who have...

Full frontal genomes

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In Erika Check's Nature article on celebrity genomes, she includes a passage in which Francis Collins points out a problem with public access to private ge...

Doggie doo DNA detectives

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A few months ago, a particularly egregious neighbor dog left a gift on our lawn -- while my fascinated girls watched out the window. Naturally, I ran outsid...

Whose genes are doped for Beijing?

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Gretchen Reynolds reports in the NY Times on the gene therapy treatment Repoxygen as a means of athletic enhancement:

Filling in the blanks

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AP reporter Matt Crenson has a story on the "twisted path" of one man's DNA-aided search for his biological father.

"I need a cure soon"

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Writer Amy Harmon has a touching article in today's NY Times, profiling the yearlong adjustments faced by a 23-year-old woman who tested positive for the Hu...

Sister vs. sister

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I think this Times article by bioethicist Robert Klitzman is chilling:

Ancestry testing: what, me worry?

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This post at MajorityRights.com dissects my opinion about the DNAPrint AncestrybyDNA tests. The MajorityRights.com post does explicate many aspects of the t...

Patents, BRCA2, and Ashkenazim

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A column in Slate by Masha Gessen covers the controversy surrounding Myriad Genetics' patent on a test for breast cancer risk via mutations in BRCA2. The te...