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Gene by Gene and its FamilyTreeDNA division offer a range of genetic testing services, including for ancestry, forensics, paternity, and COVID-19.

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.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.