New York Times science writer Gina Kolata reports on ancestry testing including its limitations and impacts on families.
One proposed benefit of having genomic health information is that if people will be motivated to engage in better health practices like modifying their diet or undergoing screenings like colonoscopies and mammograms if they have a better understanding of their risk of disease . However, research on individuals' behaviors after having testing seem to indicate that genetic test results don't actually motivate change.
Read more at The Globe and Mail.
A new genomic testing platform called Helix has recently joined the market of direct-to-consumer tests with plans to "sort through pseudoscience." However, the availability of certain results on Helix's platform raise questions of whether they are actually accomplishing that goal.
Read more from The Atlantic.
Course instructors, Beth and Rachel will share interesting articles about genetics, genomics and precision medicine that are in the news. Feel free to email them if you've come across an interesting article you'd like to share with other learners!