What does a show about Cold War espionage have in common with our DNA?

Recently, FX aired the final episode of The Americans, a show that explored the complexity of truth, the beauty of love, and the tribulations of being a spy during the Cold War. The show is...

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What is Lynch syndrome?

In 2012, experts in public health and medicine met to discuss genetics as a public health topic. Working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), they decided that three genetic conditions should be called “Tier...

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The most important list in medical genetics: what you need to know

Knowledge is power. Sometimes, it’s the power to save lives. In 2013, a group of specialists in medicine and genetics published a list of genetic conditions that, if identified early, can be largely mitigated (or,...

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Ten years of GINA, a groundbreaking law for genetics

Ten years ago today, the President signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) into law after Congress passed it with a nearly unanimous vote. GINA enshrined protections from having employers and health insurance companies use...

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What do billions of stars have in common with your DNA?

What links the celestial objects we call stars with your DNA? The potential for discovery! Many of us grew up wanting to be astronauts. Who wouldn’t want to soar through the vastness of space on...

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How can your saliva tell you about your heart?

When you buy a product that’s powered by Helix, we sequence your DNA using a saliva sample that you submit to us. Seriously, that’s all it takes to reveal your genetic data! But how can...

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Breast cancer and DNA: 7 questions that genetic counselors get asked

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to focus on the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer affecting women in the United States, review the strategies women (and men) should use in...

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