From Gizmodo: Startup Under Federal Scrutiny for Selling Genetic Tests Without Legal Certification

When a consumer genetic testing company planned to give away free DNA tests to Baltimore Ravens fans in September, the federal government intervened and prompted a last-minute cancellation. Now, a federal agency has found that the startup, Orig3n, does…

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From Gizmodo: Sorry, Genetically Engineered ‘Diet Bacon’ Is Still Not a Thing

On Monday, Chinese scientists published a paper heralding a truly remarkable feat: Using the genome-editing technique CRISPR, they created 12 healthy pigs with about 24 percent less body fat than usual. The implications of their research is potentially…

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From Gizmodo: What DNA Testing Companies’ Terrifying Privacy Policies Actually Mean

You probably wouldn’t hand out your social security number without having a pretty good idea of how that information was going to be used, right? That would be dumb. It’s extremely sensitive information. And yet, the consumer genetic testing market…

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From Gizmodo: Silly Startup Claims It Can Predict How Your Baby Will Look Based on DNA

Every aspiring parent spends some time fantasizing about what their hypothetical future child might look like. Now one startup claims it can actually tell you what your unborn future children will look like, based on DNA.Read more…

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From Gizmodo: A DNA Test Giveaway at a Baltimore Ravens Game Turned Into a Fiasco

You may have never wondered what’s in the DNA of a football fan, but the Baltimore Ravens planned to find out. As part of a bizarre game-day promotion on Sunday, the Ravens partnered with consumer genetic testing company Orig3n to give away free DNA test kits to 55,000 fans as they entered the stadium. But the plan…

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From Gizmodo: A Genetic Testing Company Just Screwed Up 50,000 Cancer Screenings

As fun as it is to find out where your great-great-great grandparents came from, the real promise of genetic testing is in the realm of disease. By screening for the genetic markers associated with hereditary disease, people can make proactive, potentially even life-saving decisions about their health. That is, as…

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