DTC genetic testing

'Lifestyle Zone'

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.

Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The Bay Area startup has designed a menu of apps related to sleep, caffeine metabolism, and other indications.

The consumer genomics company will expand its suite of canine genetic tests, and has relocated its headquarters from Boston to Austin.

Parody Genomics

With a satire site, Stanford University's Stephen Montgomery highlights pseudoscientific genetic tests on the market, Gizmodo reports.

Goalie Genes

Deadspin reports on a company that offers genetic testing for soccer players.

What About the Data?

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner says that online genetic testing services don't always describe the privacy implications of using their tests, the Irish Times reports.

What It's Like

A nursing professor got her genome sequenced to see whether her students would be ready for patients with such results, CBS SF reports.

The company, which has offices in Italy and New York, outsources the analysis to partner laboratories and offers genetic counseling as an option.

What Can Be Learned

US News and World Report describes what consumers can glean from direct-to-consumer genetic tests.


Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.