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Genomes in the Open

Daniel MacArthur and the others over at Genomes Unzipped unveiled the next step in the site's evolution: making the genetic data of all the bloggers there publicly available. The group has developed a genome browser based on JBrowse for all to look through. MacArthur writes that over the coming weeks, the bloggers' data will be posted and they will be sharing their experiences with being tested and what they've found out.

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