My Genes Say What?

NBC News health writer Maggie Fox shares insights and experiences centered around her foray into direct-to-consumer genetic testing, focusing on spit kits from 23andMe, Vitagene, Helix, and Orig3n.

From a detailed, research-heavy 23andMe report, for example, Fox learned that she may be less prone to weight gain — but likely still susceptible to clogged arteries — when wolfing down high-saturated fat foods.

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According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

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