Genomics is just the beginning of a new wave of cancer research, said a panel at the World Science Festival held in New York City in June. The Cancer Genome Atlas has moved past its pilot phase and into full gear to sequence a few thousand samples of various types of cancer, all to better understand how cancer arises. "It's still way below what we ought to do," said the Broad Institute's Eric Lander, "but why not knock it off in the next five years?"

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23andMe's Anne Wojcicki ponders DNA and what it means to be human in a New York Times essay.

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