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As the number of people genotyped looks set to pass 3 million this year, third-party tools providers have worked to improve usability, add features, and upgrade their servers for scalability.

The availability of consumer genomics services has also made it possible for adoptees to bypass state adoption laws, many of which restrict access to their records.

23andMe has seen a rebound in its ancestry testing business, and hopes that it will be able to return health information to US customers by the year end.

Thanks to a new array, NatGeo will now offer customers expanded Y chromosome and mtDNA analyses, setting it apart in a competitive consumer genomics market.

AncestryHealth is a new online resource that the family history company hopes will blossom into a larger business segment devoted exclusively to health.

The company made the move after several media outlets falsely reported that Ancestry had divulged the identify of a donor without a police warrant.

Your Royal Forbearers

Adam Rutherford discusses genetic genealogy at the Guardian.

While it may be dominating the market in terms of sales, some industry observers believe that AncestryDNA has work to do before it can challenge the quality of services offered by its rivals.

For the first time in the consumer genomics industry, AncestryDNA will provide customers with a list of probable ancestors based solely on their microarray data.

Not a Straight Line

Genetic analysis of Britain's King Richard III and modern descendants of his relatives indicate breaks in the male line.

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New analyses indicate the P.1 variant found in Brazil may be able to infect people who have already had COVID-19, the New York Times reports.

According to CNBC, Novavax's CEO says its vaccine could be authorized in the US as early as May.

The US National Institutes of Health has a new initiative to address structural racism in biomedical research.

In PNAS this week: GWAS of TLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis, analysis of twins with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and more.