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Owen Thomas at Valleywag tries to drum up some doubt in this post about George Church and his connection to Google, the genomics X Prize, and the Personal Genome Project. The post notes that the money trail ties them all together: Google helped fund the PGP; 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki donated money to the X Prize; Church is a participant in the X Prize -- and so on. "It all seems quite cozy," Thomas writes.

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