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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How the BRCA genes changed how we think about — and treat — cancer

It’s difficult to overstate the importance that the BRCA genes — BRCA1 and BRCA2 — have played in the story of modern genetic testing.

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DNA and Your (Future) Family

Whether you’re thinking about it or already pregnant, DNA screening can answer important questions. Here at Helix, babies are constantly on our minds! It feels like every two weeks another “Helixer” is born. Many staff...

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