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In JAMA this week, Ohio State University's Maura Gillison and her collaborators examine the prevalence of oral HPV infection in the US from 2009 to 2010. HPV infection is the leading cause of a certain kind of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, the rate of which is increasing among men in the US, the authors write. For this study, the team evaluated oral swab samples from 5,579 men and women aged 14 to 69, and found a prevalence of oral HPV infection of 6.9 percent.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

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