The success of companies such as 23andMe and Navigenics hinges on good data security, says Blaine Bettinger at the Genetic Genealogist. "A single security breach could potentially drive away future customers," he blogs. Bettinger also points to Ryan Calo's discussion of a panel at Stanford.
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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.
A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.
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A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.