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Gene Expression's Razib Khan is making some predictions for 2012. Khan has split his prognostications into two groups — those that he thinks have more than a 50 percent chance of happening and those that have a less than 50 percent chance. For example, he says, there's a more than 50 percent chance that Ötzi will have his genome published, that new evidence will emerge showing a "massive genetic turnover" in Europe during the last 10,000 years, that there will be a $3,000 consumer genome available by the end of the year, and that new research will show more evidence of "archaic admixture events" in the genomes of modern humans.

Khan also says there is a less than 50 percent chance — but a probability nonetheless — that there will be a $1,000 genome by the end of the year, that a high-impact journal will publish research on the genes that account for "major bio-behavioral differences" between populations, and that researchers will delve more closely into "the genetic architecture of hair curliness."

Daily Scan wants to know: What predictions do you have for 2012?

The Scan

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