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In May 2000, a month before researchers at the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics announced their completed draft sequences of the human genome, Gil Omenn published a hunch in the Annual Review of Public Health. On his mind was the idea that while sequencing the human genome would "surely stimulate a golden age for the public health sciences," as he wrote then, it would also generate a slew of ethical enigmas.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

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