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Genetic testing is advancing and evolving so quickly that it's causing chaos for some patients, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Driving the news: Patients may receive one diagnosis and begin treatment, only to receive a different diagnosis a few years later through more advanced testing.

Why it matters: Genetic testing and the medical breakthroughs it's led to are good things. But the WSJ's reporting highlights that actually living through these rapid scientific advances can be challenging and emotional.

Details: Commercial testing spiked after scientists successfully sequenced the human genome in 2003. A study last year found that there are about 75,000 genetic tests that are used by doctors on the market.

  • Another study done by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that, out of more than 300 epilepsy cases, nearly a third of the children had a change in diagnosis because of the emergence of new genetic data.

Go deeper: Genetic testing firms share your DNA data more than you think

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:15 p.m. ET: 32,381,243 — Total deaths: 985,104 — Total recoveries: 22,285,437Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:15 p.m ET: 7,015,242 — Total deaths: 203,329 — Total recoveries: 2,710,183 — Total tests: 98,481,026Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
  5. Business: Coronavirus has made airports happier places The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.
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2 hours ago - Economy & Business

White House pushes to uphold TikTok ban

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The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed legal opposition to TikTok's request to delay a ban on downloading the app, with a judge expected to rule before the ban is set to go into effect Sunday.

Why it matters: The White House could have simply postponed the ban on its own for another week or two, as it did last Friday. This move suggests it's seeking to use the ban as leverage in ongoing negotiations.

2 hours ago - Podcasts

Substack and the future of media

Traditional media models, and even some of the digital ones, are either under pressure or outright broken. Some journalists have responded by going out on their own, leveraging a new group of startups that help them self-publish and monetize their work.

Axios Re:Cap digs in with Chris Best, CEO of Substack, which has more than 250,000 paying subscribers on its writer network.

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