genetic genealogy Lawsuit Claims Genetic Testing Company Ancestry Violated Illinois Privacy Act A class-action lawsuit alleges that Ancestry violated the Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act when the firm was acquired by Blackstone last year. Ancestry Shutters Health Offering, Raising Questions About Future of Consumer Genomics Premium The decision comes amid a general slowdown in the market, yet also showcases the continued appeal of ancestry-related applications. Ancestry to Discontinue NGS-Based AncestryHealth Service Ancestry will focus more on family history and genetic genealogy, and called the move a "strategic but difficult decision." Ancient DNA Analysis Elucidates Split of Denisovan, Neanderthal Y Chromosome Lineages Sequencing of ancient samples showed that Denisovan Y chromosomes split around 700,000 years ago from a lineage shared by Neanderthals and modern humans. Researchers Encourage Forensics Labs to Adopt New Genomic Technologies for Relationship Testing Premium Driving the shift is a belief that standard STR testing is not always a reliable tool for determining complex family relationships. Aug 5, 2020 Blackstone to Acquire Ancestry for $4.7B Aug 3, 2020 Ancestry Rolls Out Sequencing-Based Health Offering Focused on Common Conditions Premium Jul 23, 2020 Genetic Study Validates, Expands History of Transatlantic Slave Trade Premium Apr 24, 2020 Ancestry to Make Consumer Genomics Database Available for COVID-19 Research Project Mar 6, 2020 As Consumer Genomics Market Cools, Providers Ponder Better Ways to Reach Customers Premium Feb 6, 2020 Ancestry Lays off 6 Percent of Employees due to Consumer Slump Jan 9, 2020 Forensic Genomics Market Advances Due to Consumer Databases, Technology Innovation Premium Dec 10, 2019 Forensic Genomics Firm Verogen Acquires Genealogy Website GEDmatch Sep 16, 2019 Crowdsourced Genomic Resource DNA.Land to Relaunch as Company Jun 7, 2019 NatGeo Discontinues Genographic Ancestry Kit Sales, Will Shutter Service by End of 2020 Premium May 28, 2019 MyHeritage Moves Into Health with New Genetic Testing Offering, Underscoring Industry Trend Premium May 2, 2019 Controversial Ancestry Ad Reignites Discussion About Minorities and Consumer Genomics Feb 8, 2019 Genetic Genealogy Firms Reassure Clients About Data Privacy After FTDNA Divulges FBI Partnership Premium Jan 10, 2019 Consumer Genomics Poised for Growth in 2019 as Providers Diversify Offerings Premium Dec 7, 2018 Genealogy Data Helps Track Back Rare Disease Alleles to Quebec Founder Families Oct 11, 2018 Family Ties Can Compromise Genomic Data Privacy, New Studies Suggest Jun 7, 2018 Limits for Use of Genealogy Databases in Criminal Investigations Must be Legislated, Experts Say Mar 1, 2018 Heritability of Longevity May be Lower Than Assumed, Analysis of Giant Family Trees Suggests Premium Jan 12, 2018 As Consumer Genomics Databases Grow With New Users, Observers Ponder the Industry's Future Premium Oct 27, 2017 Living DNA Initiates Ancestry Testing Project Load More Breaking News Myasthenia Gravis Study Identifies Genetic Risk Loci Affecting Acetylcholine Receptor Mammoth Biosciences High-Throughput CRISPR-Based COVID Test Gets FDA EUA Illumina, National Cancer Center Japan Collaborate on Nasopharyngeal Cancer Study Fluidigm Obtains $250M Investment, Changing Name to Standard BioTools SeqOne Genomics Closes €20M Series A Financing NeoGenomics Partners With Biomarker Collaborative to Provide Lung Cancer Resources The Scan For STEM Students to Stay New policy changes will make it easier for international STEM students to stay in the US after graduation, the Wall Street Journal reports. To Inform or Not, To Know or Not The New York Times writes that some genetic biobanks may re-contact donors if they spot something troublesome, but it notes that not all donors want that information. Rapid Test Studies Researchers are examining why rapid tests may be less effective at detecting the Omicron variant and how to improve them, NPR says. PLOS Papers on SARS-CoV-2 Diversity in Delaware, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Adiposity GWAS In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 isolates from Delaware, gene expression and protein-protein interaction patterns in metastatic breast cancer, and more.