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Study: DNA test can predict whether you are gay

maletwinsdnaUCLA scientists think they've developed the first test that can accurately predict whether a man is gay based on his DNA, and all it takes is a swab of saliva, reports New Scientist.

The researchers examined 400,000 epigenetic tags — "chemicals that latch onto DNA and help turn genes on or off," explains BuzzFeed — and zeroed in on five that were notably different in gay and straight twins. A resulting algorithm correctly predicted the men's sexual orientation nearly 70% of the time.

Researchers presented the controversial findings at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Baltimore this week, though they have yet to appear in a peer-reviewed journal.

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10 Million People To Have Marketplace Coverage By End of 2016

marketplacecoverageHHS aims to sign up more than 1 out of every 4 uninsured consumers

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that she expects 10 million individuals to be enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and paying their premiums – so-called effectuated coverage – at the close of 2016. As part of that goal, HHS believes more than 1 out of every 4 uninsured Marketplace-eligible consumers will select plans during Open Enrollment.

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HHS Awards More Than $240 Million to Expand the Primary Care Workforce

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Connects Health Care Professionals to Underserved Communities

 

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the award of more than $240 million in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs to increase access to primary health care in communities that need it most. The awards will recruit over 4,000 medical students and providers. The announcement was made in October.

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