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That Diabetes Variant Is So Last Year

Emily Singer blogs for Technology Review about obsolescence rates in the genetic testing world. She was genotyped last fall for a single variant linked to increased risk for diabetes -- but today, tests for diabetes risk screen for four variants. "Those new additions are part of a flood of genome-wide association screens that have been reported over the past year," she writes. That begs the question, of course: is someone responsible for re-testing people whenever new information comes out? To what extent are doctors expected to monitor their patients?


The Scan

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.