Genetic Snake Oil

If you're hoping to market a genetic testing-based service by claiming it can help make consumers healthier in all kinds of ways — essentially medicine show-style — you may not only have the Food and Drug Administration on your case; the US Federal Trade Commission has recently taken a first step to put the kibosh on such offerings.

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In PNAS this week: transcript patterns in drug-resistant cancer cells, function of high-altitude adaption gene, and more.

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