Jeremy Hunt, the UK health secretary, announced a new governmental agency to push for personalized medicine, the Guardian reports. Genomics England, as the new organization is called, is to oversee the mapping of 100,000 patients with cancer and rare diseases, the BBC adds.
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In Nature this week: Icelandic genome sequences, approach to increase CRISPR efficiency, and more.
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Decode Genetics' ability to tell Icelanders, even ones the company hasn't sequenced, about their disease risk brings up ethical questions.
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