Genetic ancestry testing might all seem like harmless fun, but there is a downside.
The results of genetic ancestry tests are grossly over-simplified. A new study shows the tests reinforce what you want to believe rather than offering objective, scientific proof of who you are.
It all begins with spitting in a tube like this one.
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More people are sending off saliva samples to find out about their genetic roots. But the raw DNA results go way beyond genealogical data – and could deliver unintended consequences.
Families have secrets - and sometimes we don’t know our complete genetic histories.
Ancestry and identity are not the same thing. A scientist tells the story of what happened when he sent his DNA to an ancestry company.
DNA testing has its risks, including that you don’t know who will own your genetic data.
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Online genetic testing promises many things. Some are the stuff of fantasy, while others, even if scientifically feasible, still carry risks. Consider these five things before ordering a test.
We want to know we are connected - yet we crave to be unique. Moral white panic is also involved and so is big business.
The current craze to search for our ancestry is complicated and paradoxical. We want to know we are connected -- yet we crave to be unique. Moral white panic is also involved and so is big business.
Rock art in central Northumberland, northern England.
Trying to save Neolithic rock art made by our ancient ancestors is no easy task. But it tells us how people used to live.
The genome is becoming the unit of currency for all kinds of genetic testing.
Do you own your own genetic data? The future of genomic databases is almost here, and now is the time to figure out how we are going to allow this information to be used.
This skull belongs to the carnivorous gorgonopsian therapsid Smilesaurus ferox which lived 255 million years ago.
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Modern sabre-tooth mammals have their canines constantly on display. This allows them to seduce mates. But was sexual selection also an important phenomenon among our pre-mammalian ancestors?
To which flag do the kiwi bird’s ancestors belong? New Zealand, Australia or somewhere else?
New research has shattered the idea that New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird is a close relative of Australia’s emu. Instead, the kiwi has a closer connection with a giant flightless bird that was the stuff…