Unauthorized DNA Database in New York

New York has a state DNA database that stores the DNA information of convicted criminals. The database is under the control of the FBI and New York’s State Commission on Forensic Science. No one has access to the DNA records except government officials.

However, information has leaked that there is a separate, unauthorized DNA database that skirts government control. Alarmingly, this database stores thousands of New Yorker’s genetic information. These profiles are of individuals with no criminal record, and some of them are children 12 years old. The database is called the “Subject Index.”

Genetic information for the Subject Index has been acquired in various ways. For instance, one 12-year-old boy was suspected of a crime. During his interview, the interviewers gave him a soda to drink with a straw. They later extracted his DNA from the straw. Neither the boy nor his parents knew about this.

Although the boy’s DNA didn’t match the DNA at the crime scene, his DNA was still put in the Subject Index. It stayed there for over a year. Unfortunately, this poor boy became a perpetual suspect in crime investigations; his DNA was evaluated against thousands of crime scene DNA samples until his parents filed a lawsuit to have his profile removed from the database.

It’s more imperative than ever to guard our genetic information and only submit your DNA to a company you trust.

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Family Reunited At Last

Matthew Robertson has hardly ever celebrated Mother’s Day.

Robertson was adopted at birth, but his adoptive mother passed away when he was six years old. However, over forty years and a DNA test later, Robertson was able to celebrate Mother’s Day with his biological mother.

Robertson began his search for his parents when he was in his twenties. He hired a private investigator who found his adoption decree. The decree included the name of his mother–Mary Judith Vaughn–and a description of each parent, including height, weight, and hair color.

It wasn’t much, but it was a start.

Nearly thirty years passed, and Robertson received an AncestryDNA test kit for Father’s Day in 2020. He submitted the kit and got in touch with the cousin he matched with. He asked about Mary Judith Vaughn, who asked their family members about the name.

A few weeks later, his cousin sent a picture of Mary Judith, who was indeed Robertson’s mother.

Robertson reached out to Mary Judith, who now goes by Judy Llyod, via Facebook, but she needed time to adjust to the news. However, they soon connected with a phone call that quickly led to Lloyd visiting Robertson at his home in California.

Robertson and Lloyd had an almost immediate bond, and it is one that has continued to grow.

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Can DNA Kits Predict Your Death?

Direct-to-consumer DNA companies have advertised their test kits can do many things, from finding your ideal diet to predicting future diseases. Now, Dante Labs claims to have created a DNA kit that can predict your death and how to prevent it.

Dante Labs capitalizes on genome sequencing. According to Explore BioTech, genome sequencing analyzes DNA for “genetic diseases, gene therapy-based treatments, genetic engineering, and gene manipulation.”

Dante Labs uses genome sequencing to determine a patient’s likelihood of disease or what medications work best for their genetic makeup. They claim this will, in essence, determine someone’s cause of death and how they can prevent it.

This is an understandable claim: if you can predict a disease, you can potentially prevent it from happening. While genetic technology has undoubtedly made advancements, this promise stretches a bit too far. Genetic testing cannot determine your cause of death or how to prevent it because millions of factors play into the development of disease.

Although genetics play a factor, disease is not caused merely by genetics. For instance:

  • Diet – You are what you eat! Those who focus on nourishing foods have better health.
  • Exercise – Moving your body daily improves your mental, physical, and spiritual state.
  • Stress – Stressful jobs or lifestyles pushes your body to its maximum, which causes susceptibility to disease.
  • Living environment – The cleanliness of your home can affect your health.
  • Toxic exposure – Certain occupations, such as construction or healthcare, have higher levels of toxin or disease exposure.

So while genetic testing may offer some insights into your genetic makeup, take it with a grain of salt. There’s much more to living a healthy life than knowing what cards you were dealt genetically.

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Mother Reunited with Son After Birth

As the saying goes, mother always knows.

After a three-year battle, a mother is finally reunited with her son. But this isn’t an ordinary reunification story.

On May 3, 2019, a woman named N Khanam gave birth to a boy at a medical college in Barpeta, India. Shortly after the delivery, Khanam had severe breathing issues. Her son also began to decline and needed emergency medical intervention, so he was transferred to the NICU. Later, the hospital staff informed Khanam that her son had died.

The grieving couple initially refused to take home the body but eventually changed their mind. But when the body was given to them, they claimed the child wasn’t theirs. Khanam returned to the hospital three days postpartum and found that another woman–with the name N Khutan–had given birth to a son at the same time as Khanam.

Khanam immediately filed a police case, claiming that the hospital had accidentally switched babies.

Nearly three years later when the case came to court, the judge ordered a DNA test to determine the child’s parentage. Khutan and her husband readily agreed, believing the child was theirs. However, the results showed that it was Khutan’s son who had died in the NICU. The child was returned to Khanam and her husband.

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DTC Give Confusion to Physicians and Consumers

The direct-to-consumer take-at-home DNA test kits has been a booming industry for many years. Recent projections predict that the global market for these test kits will surpass $10 billion by 2028.

Almost all take-at-home kits include ancestry but many of them are now branching out to other areas of DNA discovery, such as predicting future diseases or anticipating reactions to certain drugs.

However, these tests do not perform a comprehensive analysis of genetic information and are therefore inaccurate. For instance, some DNA kits examine only three of the thousands of genetic factors that cause cancerous mutations. No matter the results, a consumer will draw inaccurate conclusions from the test that could be detrimental to their health.

When a consumer receives troubling results from their DNA test, they usually follow up with their physician. However, this is equally as problematic because physicians don’t know how to interpret genetic testing. Physicians may placate their patients by ordering tests, but these may be unnecessary and a waste of money since the test’s conclusions may be inaccurate.

Anyone who undergoes genetic testing to discover anything more than ancestry should follow up with a genetic counselor. Genetic counselors are trained in interpreting genetic data and determining which tests may be necessary.

Parentage and ancestry genetic testing are highly accurate and don’t need interpretation. You can get tested and not worry about following up with a genetic counselor.

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Do Genetics Affect COVID Severity?

A new study has revealed genetic similarities between those who battle blood clots and faulty inflammatory responses with more severe cases of COVID-19.

Scientists used data from the Million Veteran Program, one of the largest and most diverse biobanks in the world. Scientists were able to examine the various DNA pieces that could be exploited by COVID-19.

Researchers examined whether other health conditions were associated with the variants of severe COVID-19. They analyzed about 1,500 disease traits that were present in the electronic health record.

Researchers found that the ABO locus, a gene’s position on a chromosome, was associated with severe cases of COVID-19. The study found that “patients with these variants were 33% more likely to have conditions like venous embolism and thrombosis, which both involve blood clots.”

Additionally:

  • Those with African ancestry were 29% more likely to have neutropenia, which is a low white blood cell count.
  • Those with European ancestry did not have an increase in neutropenia associated with severe COVID-19 cases.

While genetics can certainly play a part in the severity of COVID-19 cases, genetics are not the only factors at work. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, and clean living environments are crucial to staying healthy and reducing the severity of disease.

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DNA Changes Increase Cancer Susceptibility

As science continues to evolve, there have been clues about genetic changes and susceptibility to cancer.

Now, a research team at the Sloan Kettering Institute has found evidence of a change in human DNA after diverging from other primates that make humans more likely to develop cancerous tumors.

The team published their paper in Cell Reports where they compared human DNA with non-human DNA.

The research team found a small difference in the BRCA2 gene, which is a factor in tumor suppression. BRCA2 gene helps code for DNA repair. Scientists believe this change occurred after humans diverged from other primates.

The findings of the study confirm prior research that humans with a certain BRCA2 variant are more likely to develop tumors, especially breast and ovarian tumors.

Another interesting finding is that women with BRCA2 have increased fertility rates. While these women have the blessing of fertility, they are also more susceptible to cancer.

With every new genetic study, scientists are getting closer to discovering the correlations between DNA and health conditions. However, science is simply not there yet. In the meantime, genetic testing for parentage and ancestry is accurate and reliable.

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Woman Reunited With Half-Siblings

For many adopted individuals, DNA testing sheds light on their family history and brings about beautiful reunification. This is the case for Melissa Turnpaugh.

Turnpaugh was adopted as an infant after her mother passed away. She had never met her father. Turnpaugh’s adopted mother gave her vague details about her biological mother but never gave Turnpaugh enough information to locate any living relatives.

With the popularity of take-at-home tests, Turnpaugh set out to find her biological father. She signed up for 23andMe in 2018. A few months later, the results led her to a half-brother whom she never knew she had.

“I ended up going on Facebook and found a guy who looked a spitting image like my mother, and I was like ‘Oh my word this has to be him because there’s no way that you look that much like her and [are not] related,” said Turnpaugh.

She flew to Florida to meet her half-brother, Michael, but her story wasn’t finished.

A year later, 23andMe revealed another result. This time to a cousin, who was able to connect Turnpaugh with her dad’s sister, Diane. This connection led to Turnpaugh’s learning that her father died in 2001 from pulmonary disease.

In 2020, Turnpaugh connected with her half-sister, who was 30 years older than her. The siblings were finally able to be all together this past Christmas.

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A New Era of Medicine?

We all know that our bodies are unique; even identical twins have their own fingerprints. Our uniqueness comes from our genetic makeup, which is a combination of DNA from two people to create a new set of personalized DNA.

Does medicine affect our bodies individually, as well?

Doctors have known for a while that the same medicine doesn’t work for every single person. Tylenol may relieve headaches for some, and ibuprofen for others. Two patients with identical cancer diagnoses may respond differently to the same chemotherapy. Some people may need more than the recommended dose, while others need half.

Professor Mark Caulfield, the president-elect of the British Pharmacological Society, said “99.5% of us have at least one change in our genome that, if we come across the wrong medicine, it will either not work or it will cause harm.”

As more and more data is unveiled from DNA testing, doctors are getting very close to determining what medicine each patient will respond to based on their DNA, both positively and negatively. This groundbreaking advancement can save countless lives!

Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, from the University of Liverpool, said: “What we’re doing is really going to a new era of medicine because we’re all individuals and we all vary in the way we respond to drugs. We need to move away from ‘one drug and one dose fits all’ to a more personalized approach, where patients are given the right drug at the right dose to improve the effectiveness and safety of medicines.”

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Top 3 DNA Test Kits

Take-at-home DNA test kits are still all the rage. These DNA test kits allow you to take them whenever is best for you in the privacy of your home. Usually, the kit involves spitting into a tube that you mail to the company. In a few weeks, you’ll receive your results. Some kits are purely for ancestral history, while others deliver genetic health conditions.

According to ZDNet, the top 3 DNA test kits are:

  • 23andMe
  • AncestryDNA
  • FamilyTreeDNA

All of these DNA test kits do about the same thing, but let’s examine each a bit more

23andMe

This DNA test kit claims to identify genetic sequences that could impact your future health, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, high blood pressure, and more. It also has an ancestral history report. However, 23andMe doesn’t give genetic counseling, so you won’t know how to interpret your results. It’s also much more expensive than other tests, and your DNA is stored in a database with over 5 million people.

AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA continues to hold the award for the best historical research DNA test kit. However, accessing the ancestral database is an additional cost.

FamilyTreeDNA

This DNA test kit is fairly new to the market. While AncestryDNA is a better option if you already have a family tree, FamilyTreeDNA is better for those starting from the beginning. Unfortunately, FamilyTreeDNA allows law enforcement agencies to use its database for forensic purposes. This can be a huge breach of privacy.

While take-at-home DNA test kits fame convenient, they are commonly used in scams, databases have been breached in cyber attacks, and results are often misleading. If you must take a DNA test, it’s much better to take a test that you know will be securely handled and stored.

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