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Your DNA Results Can Screw Up Your Workout

Clearly, some amount of fitness is genetic: you can’t expect everybody who follows the same workout to have identical results. It’s tempting to get tested to see whether you personally have the same genes as elite sprinters or weightlifters. But DNA tests can’t tell you much about your fitness, and it turns out that…Read more… […]

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Your DNA Results Can Screw Up Your Workout

Clearly, some amount of fitness is genetic: you can’t expect everybody who follows the same workout to have identical results. It’s tempting to get tested to see whether you personally have the same genes as elite sprinters or weightlifters. But DNA tests can’t tell you much about your fitness, and it turns out that…Read more… […]

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How to Keep the FBI From Accessing Your FamilyTreeDNA Results

If you want to keep your DNA data out of the hands of law enforcement, avoiding GEDmatch isn’t enough. Family Tree DNA recently admitted it allows law enforcement to use their service, and is actively working with the FBI on at least a handful of cases.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Public DNA Databases Are Now Crawling With Law Enforcement and We Better Get Used to It

Law enforcement and genetic genealogists didn’t waste any time after public DNA databases led to the Golden State Killer suspect last month. A forensics company announced a service to do this analysis en masse, and the DNA database GEDmatch has already changed its privacy policy to allow for its use by law…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Golden State Killer Suspect’s DNA Was in a Publicly Available Database, and Yours Might Be Too

Remember when we all got a little creeped out that genetic testing companies can be forced to turn over your data to law enforcement? Ah, those were simpler times. Police found the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer this week thanks in part to a relative’s sample in a publicly available DNA database. […]

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Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA Did Not ‘Change in Space’ the Way You Think

It seems like pure science fiction. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly goes to space for nearly a year, comes back, and suddenly has turned into a mutant with different DNA from his twin. As Newsweek wrote, his DNA “changed in space.”Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The ‘DNA App for Couples’ Knows My Kids’ Hair Color

In science, replication is important. One experiment can be a fluke, but if you get the same results over and over, you know you’re getting close to the truth. So when a DNA app called BabyGlimpse said it could predict what my children would look like, I was ready. I have three children, so I […]

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How Cats Conquered Humans Thousands of Years Ago

Cats play an essential role in our everyday lives. They have many jobs around the house, such as monitoring humans in the bathroom, knocking stuff off tables to make sure gravity still exists, and most importantly, being our snuggle buddies. While cats might seem perfectly content with being couch potatoes, the…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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A Controversial Study Is Tearing the CRISPR World Apart

When people talk about the gene-editing technology CRISPR, it’s usually accompanied by adjectives like “revolutionary” or “world-changing.” For this reason, it’s no surprise that a study out last month questioning just how game-changing the technology really is caused quite a stir.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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