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23AndMe Decides To Not Enroll Users Automatically In Relative-Matching Service

23AndMe, the DIY DNA-sequencing service, wanted to make a change to its privacy settings. Since the Food and Drug Administration stopped the company from offering and marketing information about customers’ health and vulnerability to certain diseases and medications last year, the company has turned to marketing itself as a service to figure out your ethnic origins and find hidden distant relatives. That sounds fun…until it destroys your family, anyway. [More]

Tenant Says Doggie DNA Program Hasn't Helped Curb Poo Problem

Tenant Says Doggie DNA Program Hasn't Helped Curb Poo Problem

As we mentioned yesterday, more condo associations are turning to mandatory DNA testing for dogs in an attempt to rein in an apparent rampant poop problem in this country. But one tenant at a complex that is trying such a program says it hasn’t done anything to stop the fecal madness. [More]

Condo Owners Not Giving Up Fight Against Providing Dog DNA

Condo Owners Not Giving Up Fight Against Providing Dog DNA

Back in March, we brought you the story of a condo complex in Northern Virginia where dog-owning residents had been given 30 days to provide DNA samples of their canine companions. But the condo owners tell Consumerist that in spite of the condo association’s best attempts to ignore them, they aren’t about to take the DNA requirement lying down. [More]

My Condo Association Is Demanding DNA Sample From My Dog

My Condo Association Is Demanding DNA Sample From My Dog

Dave and his wife live in a condo complex in Northern Virginia. They also own a dog. Now, because of new a rule by his condo association, they and anyone else who owns a dog has 30 days to provide a DNA sample of their canine companion. [More]

Dutch McDonald's Uses Artificial DNA Spray To Track Thieves

Dutch McDonald's Uses Artificial DNA Spray To Track Thieves

Anyone who reads this site regularly knows that fast food restaurants are prime targets for the criminal element. Now McDonald’s eateries in the Dutch city of Rotterdam are using a new-fangled way to fight crime — spraying crooks with a so-called artificial DNA that can be used by authorities to identify them. [More]

FDA Cracking Down on DNA-Test Providers

FDA Cracking Down on DNA-Test Providers

After scaring Walgreens out of the genetic-testing business, the FDA has now decided to crack down on the entire industry, and will be subjecting DNA tests to the same rules that it applies to medical devices such as blood-glucose meters. [More]

Congress Putting Genetic-Testing Companies Under Microscope

Congress Putting Genetic-Testing Companies Under Microscope

While Walgreens may have voluntarily chosen not to sell home genetic testing kits in the face of an FDA investigation, its action has brought attention to the entire for-profit testing industry, and others may not have the luxury to quietly shut down on their own. A congressional committee is looking into the business, and could end up regulating the industry. [More]

FDA Investigating Walgreens Genetic-Testing Kits

FDA Investigating Walgreens Genetic-Testing Kits

If you were, well, salivating at the idea of spitting into a test tube at your corner Walgreens and sending off for a list of diseases you’re at risk for, you may have to keep that drool in check for a while. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the planned test kits, which were due to appear in stores later this month. [More]

Sushi "Tuna" Might Be Endangered, Dangerous, Or Fake

Sushi "Tuna" Might Be Endangered, Dangerous, Or Fake

Biologists testing DNA code identification technology discovered that the tuna they ordered at sushi restaurants was actually hazardous or fake fish, or even an endangered species.

Decode Your Genome For $1,000

Decode Your Genome For $1,000

For $1,000, a small California-based company called 23andMe (financed in part by Google) will decode your DNA and tell you whatever it can about your predispositions, health risks, and family traits—for example, whether or not you’re in line for the same heart disease that affected your father and grandfather, which is what the author of the Wired article wondered. (Turns out he’s not, but he’s at a higher risk of developing glaucoma. When one door opens…)

Rice Containing Human Genes Approved By The USDA

Rice Containing Human Genes Approved By The USDA

For the first time, the USDA has granted preliminary approval for large-scale planting of an engineered food crop that contains human genes.