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23andMe to GMO: Now We Know How You Feel

23andMe launches in Europe today. Britain's The Guardian reminds people that authorities in the UK remain unconvinced as to the usefulness of genome sequencing and are concerned about the anxiety it may provoke: Christine Patch from the Human Genetics Commission says, "The tests could be positively harmful if the results caused unnecessary anxiety or gave false reassurance." But 23andMe cofounder Anne Wojcicki says, "People have found the information was not worrying."

On a related note, Andrew Scheidecker wrote his own personal genome browser to manage the data he received from 23andMe. His tool connects to 23andMe's website through HTTP, grabs the data in HTML, and then uses SNPedia for analysis. Bertalan Meskó says Andrew should get the "Idea of the Month Award."

 

The Scan

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Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

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