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Fertility Clinic Worker May Have Secretly Fathered Kids

Woman discovers this felon is her dad, and more cases may follow

(Newser) - An exceedingly creepy story out of Utah suggests that a male receptionist at a fertility clinic secretly swapped in his own sperm during treatments, fathering at least one child and probably more, reports LiveScience . Oh, and this receptionist just happened to be a convicted kidnapper who once held a woman... More »

Genetic Testing Kits Just Don't Cut It

Companies are promising too much, writes Columbia professor

(Newser) - The FDA made a wise move in forcing 23andMe to stop marketing its $99 genetic testing kit, writes Columbia professor Robert Klitzman at Bloomberg View . The premise of companies like these sounds great: Get your DNA tested for a modest sum and head off serious health issues. But the scientific... More »

FDA Smacks Down Home Genetic Testing Kits

Letter tells 23andMe to stop marketing kit immediately

(Newser) - The FDA has ordered 23andMe to "immediately discontinue marketing" its genetic testing kits, saying that the company has repeatedly failed to prove the product actually works. The Google-backed company offers mail-in genetic testing, which it promises can reveal your risk for various health conditions and drug allergies. In a... More »

New Patent Opens Can of Worms on 'Designer Babies'

Geneticists worry 23andMe trying to 'breed better people'

(Newser) - A pretty controversial new patent its taking the idea of a designer baby to a whole new level. A trait selection process from 23andMe , based on parent and donor DNA, could, in theory, be used to boost the chances of a particular sex, as well as hair or eye color,... More »

How Much Caveman DNA Do You Have?

Company scours genome for Neanderthal heritage

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered whether your boorish ex or oafish boss may be closely related to our caveman ancestors, you can now officially prove it with a genetic test. Genome-mapping company 23andMe is offering "The Neanderthal Test" this holiday season. Simply submit your saliva and you can find... More »

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