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DTC genetic testing

In a pilot study, EMD Serono will have the genomes of lung cancer patients sequenced for research but participants will also gain access to their genomic data.

The organization continues to support direct access genetic testing for healthcare decision making, while remaining neutral on recreational, novelty, lifestyle, and ancestry genetic testing.

Genetic testing reveals cases in which the wrong donor sperm was used to conceive children decades ago, the New York Times reports.

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.

23andMe and Airbnb have partnered to offer "heritage travel," according to Venture Beat.

Consumer genomics companies have endeavored to reach out to minority communities with sometimes contentious results.

Illumina said that the DTC market is in "transition" from ancestry and genealogy to one driven by demand for health information.

The Boston-based company offers a DNA test for dogs that it said can provide information on breed, ancestry, health, and disease risk.

Eat Right?

The AP's Candace Choi writes that the diet and nutrition advice she received from two direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms was broad.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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