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Just for Fun?

Some at-home DNA tests might be akin to astrology, writes Jane Hu at Slate.

She writes that many tests started out more as novelty tests people could take for fun or to just explore their gut microbiome or genetics a little and that some users then use to make sense of themselves or something they do. That search for insight, she says, isn't unlike what people turn to astrology for.

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The Guardian reports that some UK physicians are calling for increased regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

US tax agency says 23andMe's genetic health test can be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Two Democratic lawmakers argue at USA Today that independent science is under attack by the Trump Administration.

In PLOS this week: networks of genes co-expressed in depression, role of minichromosome maintenance genes in lung adenocarcinoma, and more.