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DNA testing has its risks, including that you don’t know who will own your genetic data. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Five things to consider before ordering an online DNA test

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.
More knowledge about your genetic makeup enables you to make better-informed choices – but at what cost? Shutterstock

Not all genetic tests should be publicly funded – here’s why

It's exciting to think we're on the brink of a genomic revolution in health care. But just because new technology becomes available, it doesn't mean it should automatically be publicly funded.
A scientist works with DNA samples in a New Orleans laboratory in 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

You’ve got your DNA kit: Now what can you do with it?

The rapid growth of genetic testing and data-gathering could revolutionize health and medicine if governments work to protect people against privacy and societal risks.
If we could test the genome of all Australians we could better target preventive health campaigns. from www.shutterstock.com

Why we should test everyone’s genes to predict disease

If you could take a test that would reveal the diseases you and your family might be more likely to get, would you want to do it?
Canadians are overwhelmingly opposed to insurance companies having access to their genetic test results. A new Canadian law prevents insurers from using genetic information to determine coverage or pricing. (Shutterstock)

Why insurers are wrong about Canada’s genetic non-discrimination law

Canadian insurance companies argue that a new law denying them access to genetic test results will raise the cost of insurance for everyone. That's doubtful.
Australia has a lack of regulation to prevent discrimination by life insurance companies based on genetic test results. from shutterstock.com

Australians can be denied life insurance based on genetic test results, and there is little protection

Life insurance applicants must disclose genetic test results if required by the insurer. While other countries have protected consumers from this, there is no such regulation in Australia.
Couples thinking about kids can be screened for genes that may cause disease in their offspring. Redd Angelo, Unsplash

Explainer: what is pre-pregnancy carrier screening and should potential parents consider it?

Most of us will be carriers of recessive genes that cause disease. If our partner carries the same gene we could pass it on to our kids. Testing exists, but what are the pros and cons?
Providing a sample for a genetic test might not actually give you the health answers you’re looking for. Canadian Blood Services/flickr

Genetic testing isn’t a crystal ball for your health

Testing some genes for Alzheimer's disease, coeliac disease and folate conversion does not lead to improved health outcomes, and may create anxiety or false hope amongst patients.

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