23andMe

The developers said that their multivariant analysis does a better job than using APOE E4 alone at identifying those at greatest risk of developing Alzheimer's. 

New Siblings

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

23andMe said it plans to use the money raised to grow its customer base, expand its therapeutics group, and invest in its genetic research platform.

A meta-analysis based on genotyping data for more than 400,000 people with or without the disease led to 17 new risk loci mined for candidate genes

Shift Toward Drug R&D

TechCrunch writes that 23andMe is shifting into drug research and development.

A new genome-wide association study involving data from thousands of 23andMe customers implicated six loci in gestational duration or preterm birth risk.

Andy Page, the former president of 23andMe, has joined a diabetes-management startup, according to CNBC.

Change Is Hard to Do

Genetic disease risk information doesn't always spur people to make healthy lifestyle changes, according to the Associated Press.

With the rollout of Insitome's first app, consumers have the chance to explore their heritage in a new context that could reshape the ancestry testing market.

The study will combine cognitive assessments with genetic data and survey responses to gain insights into the causes of these two mental health conditions.

Pages

Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

In Science this week: combining genomics and ecology to better understand the effects of natural selection on evolution, and more.