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Online DNA kits bring risks and rewards

You might be intrigued by what your genes could tell you about your ancestry or the health risks hidden in your DNA.

If so, you’re not alone.

Fascination with personal genetics is fuelling an explosion of online DNA testing. More than 12 million people have been tested — 7 million through alone.

Amazon reported the 23andMe online DNA test kit as one of its top five best-selling items on Black Friday in 2017.

But while online genetic testing can be interesting and fun, it has risks. Here are five things to keep in mind if you’re considering spitting in a tube.

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Why we should ban glitter, just like we banned microbeads

The confetti and glitter is still all over the place. Thrown in the air for the perfect graduation or wedding photographs, and the teeny tiny colorful pieces litter the ground.

Eventually, it will rain, and all those little pieces of plastic will wash into the storm drains. Eventually, they’ll travel into the ocean.

Despite bans on plastic bags and the recent ban on microbeads in the U.S., plenty of similar plastics end up in our oceans. Like glitter, they contribute to the 800 tons of plastic that make their way into the ocean each year.

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