This Week in Science

Just Hearing the Results of a DNA Test Can Make Your Body Act Differently

People who were told that they were genetically at risk for poor exercise capacity couldn’t run as long as they could before they were told about their “risk.”
Shayla Love
we did this to ourselves

Ancestry genetic tests are making it extremely easy for cops to track all white people

According to a new study, it’s not all that difficult to find someone in the U.S. — even if they've never taken a genetic test.
Emma Ockerman

Spotify Is Using DNA Tests to Curate Playlists, Which Is Pretty Creepy

The streaming service is partnering up with Ancestry to create custom playlists based on your lineage.
Kristin Corry
big pharma

23andMe Sold Access to Your DNA Library to Big Pharma, But You Can Opt Out

23andMe customers can opt out of the program, but that misses the point.
Daniel Oberhaus

Don't Give Your DNA to Giant Genetic Databases

The Golden State Killer case shows that we should protect our DNA sequences as much as possible.
Jason Koebler
DNA Data

Public DNA Database Cracked the Golden State Killer Case, Police Say

Authorities were led to Joseph James DeAngelo by cross-checking his genetic data on GEDmatch, a free and open-source DNA database.
Sarah Emerson

The Nootropics Community Is Using 23andMe to Match Smart Drugs to Their DNA

There are multiple software options that analyze your genetic data and make recommendations on which supplements you should be taking.
Kaleigh Rogers
It's Science

Sometimes Gene Tests Only Lead to More Questions

“In short, there isn’t enough data to know what you are seeing.”
Carrie Arnold

Here's What It Looks Like When a Gene Test Says You're Prone to Alzheimer's

Is 23andMe doing enough to ease the concerns of people who are at risk?
Olga Oksman

When It Comes to Weightlifting, Genetics Can Do a Lot of the Heavy Lifting

Researchers have isolated a genetic variant that has a strong correlation with success in power sports such as sprinting and weightlifting.
Oliver Lee Bateman
It's Science

What Going Bald Might Say About Your Genes

New evidence highlights a wide range of associated risks.
Nick Keppler

Facebook’s DNA Detectives Are Helping Adoptees Find Their Birth Parents

The group has over 24,000 members. Many are looking for answers.
David Silverberg