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The hidden risks of at-home DNA testing

Family | The popular tests pose security concerns and may reveal hard-to-handle truths
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/05/18, 01:55 pm

At-home DNA testing companies made major gains this holiday season, selling millions of kits to consumers curious about their ethnic origins, distant relatives, and genetic health risks.

DNA test kits were one of Amazon’s top five selling products on Black Friday in 2017. One of the largest companies offering DNA testing, AncestryDNA, said it sold more than 1.5 million tests the weekend after Thanksgiving, triple what it sold from Black Friday to Cyber Monday in 2016.

But despite this popularity, critics have raised serious concerns.

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The Washington scandal you aren’t hearing about

International | Pakistani-American aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz bilked the U.S. government out of millions of dollars
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/04/17, 12:32 pm

PAKISTAN: Imran Awan, the Pakistani-American who worked for more than a decade for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, bilked the government out of millions of dollars while having access to classified data. He was arrested July 24 and charged by the FBI with bank fraud while trying to board a flight for Pakistan—all part of a Washington scandal you aren’t hearing about.

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Globe Trot: Obstacle in Iraq

International | Turkey stands in the way of Iraqi Christians returning home
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/28/16, 12:42 pm

IRAQ: Nearly 1,000 ISIS fighters have been killed as coalition forces battle to retake Mosul. In the just-released issue of WORLD Magazine, I cover the ongoing battle, and in today’s Wall Street Journal, I highlight the obstacle NATO member Turkey presents for Iraqi Christians waiting to return home.

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