The availability of consumer genomics services has also made it possible for adoptees to bypass state adoption laws, many of which restrict access to their records.
The test, called CancerIntercept Detect, is aimed at the early discovery of malignancies in asymptomatic people with an elevated risk of developing cancer, and can be ordered directly through Pathway and its online doctor network.
The company, called Helix, has received commitments for more than $100 million in financing and has signed on the Mayo Clinic and LabCorp as initial partners.
23andMe has seen a rebound in its ancestry testing business, and hopes that it will be able to return health information to US customers by the year end.
Thanks to a new array, NatGeo will now offer customers expanded Y chromosome and mtDNA analyses, setting it apart in a competitive consumer genomics market.
The collaboration will use AncestryDNA's databases, tools, and algorithms to investigate the genetics of families whose individuals live unusually long lives.
AncestryHealth is a new online resource that the family history company hopes will blossom into a larger business segment devoted exclusively to health.
Industry observers believe that Y chromosome sequencing services — until now the domain of advanced genetic genealogists and academics — could become more popular.
Kailos has launched a model where consumers can order testing without a doctor's prescription, but would need a doctor to view and interprest results.
The company made the move after several media outlets falsely reported that Ancestry had divulged the identify of a donor without a police warrant.
The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.
Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.
Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.
In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.