Your genes may (NOT) be used against you

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Katie Compton, Science Policy and Politics Editor When I’m not writing and editing for Science Borealis, I’m working as a cancer genetic counsellor. I spend a lot of time talking to people about the risks and benefits of having genetic testing. Sometimes my patients know that there is an inherited form of cancer in their […]

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Bike helmets protect your head from injury, but there’s a catch

Katrina Brain, guest contributor If you ever fall off your bicycle, you’ll want to be wearing a helmet. If you’re in a bike accident, a helmet could reduce your odds of a head injury by about 51 per cent, and reduce your odds of a fatal head injury by 65 per cent. This makes wearing […]

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Science Borealis Anti-Black Racism Statement

Science Borealis is committed to providing a platform free from discrimination, where all volunteers, collaborators and community members are treated with respect and dignity. This past week, the blatant acts of anti-Black racism have been a sobering reminder that racism and oppression remain a very real and perpetual problem facing the Black community in the […]

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Data-sharing in the time of COVID-19

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Katie Compton, Policy and Politics editor As the COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives, we’ve all become health-data seekers. Each day, we scan our newsfeeds for information about whether we’re flattening the curve, wonder what the #NewNormal will look like, and search hopefully for any news about treatments or vaccines. Answering the questions foremost on […]

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Update All? Re-contacting genomic research participants

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Katie Compton, Policy & Politics editor Genetic testing is more accessible than ever. For around $100, anyone can order a direct-to-consumer DNA spit kit to learn about her ancestry. Doctors are using genetic tests to diagnose, treat and prevent disease. And ambitious research projects such as All of Us, UK Biobank, and Personal Genome Projects […]

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