The West family has become the first to have the genes of each family member sequenced for non-medical reasons, reports Mark Henderson of the Times Online. John and Judy West, and their two teenage children paid Illumina around $200,000 to have their genes read. "Mr West told The Times that he hoped that his family’s DNA data would benefit their health and advance research into genetic contributions to disease," Henderson says.

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