Privacy concerns that emerged since law enforcement started mining the databases have put such a serious dent in the business that both Ancestry.com and 23andMe have reduced employees significantly.
Every human carries an instruction booklet with a very special code, called DNA. Our eyes cannot read the code, but our bodies can. The code tells our body what to do and how to look.
Genetics is influencing more and more of our decisions, but we can’t make the right choices if we don’t understand it.
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.
When you send off a cheek swab to one of the private genome companies, you may sacrifice not just your own privacy but that of your family and your ancestors.
Having very high levels of HDL is associated with increased mortality. But that doesn’t mean it’s not ‘good cholesterol’.
We may be heading for a future where it will be considered immoral to have a child with a partner who isn’t ‘genetically compatible’.
Genetic testing is revealing important information about disease risks, and consumers can now pay for a test to know their risk. They might be better off if their doctors considered these risks, too.
New regulations for research with human blood and tissue try to balance scientific progress with patient privacy.
Medical tourism for assisted reproductive technologies raises a host of legal and ethical questions.
Dozens of factors are at play.
How much privacy are we willing to give up in the name of cutting-edge science? And do we care about the kinds of research that will be done with our donations?
As we consider the ethics of human gene editing, we need to understand what can and can’t be meaningfully edited.
Researchers want your canine’s DNA to help unravel the connections between genes and behavior – for dogs and human beings.