NEW YORK, Aug. 28 – The SNP Consortium announced Tuesday that it had forged agreements with Motorola, Celera, Applied Biosystems, and Rutgers University that would enable it to build a SNP-based linkage map of the human genome by the end of the year.

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The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

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