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The Helsinki-based firm is making its panel available for free to people who already have been genotyped by consumer genomics services or biobanks.

Some of the market's most influential voices, including Kári Stefánsson and Linda Avey, believe that consumer genomics is not on the way out but rather experiencing a period of transition.

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Buzzfeed News reports that Family Tree DNA declined to give Parabon Nanolabs access to its database.

As 2020 dawns, forensic genomics is poised for growth as companies aim to harness the power of consumer databases coupled with advances in sequencing.

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The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.

NatGeo will continue to conduct research using its database, which includes data on roughly a million individuals.

The Israeli online genealogy company recently expanded its ancestry genetic testing offering to include health information.

Consumer genomics companies have endeavored to reach out to minority communities with sometimes contentious results.

New Scientist reports that FamilyTreeDNA is offering customers a new way to opt out of allowing the FBI to access their data.

The revelation that Family Tree DNA has been working with law enforcement has some worried about a negative impact on the industry.

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Nobel laureates and scientific societies urge NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to revisit the recent decision to end funding for a coronavirus grant.

Bloomberg reports that BGI's SARS-CoV-2 testing sites in the Middle East have raised concerns among US officials.

A new Pew Research Center poll finds confidence in medical researchers has grown among US adults since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.