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The Journey Is Half the Fun

At Genomes Unzipped, the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health's Caroline Wright says some regulation of the direct-to-consumer genetic testing field would be good — "to iron out the irregularities and squeeze out the fraudsters." However, she cautions that too much regulation could curtail exploration of the human genome. "Learning about one's genome, engaging one's own data, is undoubtedly a voyage of discovery. It is an exploration of science, of genetics, and finally of one's self," Wright says. She also wonders whether consumer genomics might be a way to engage the public to learn more about science. "By getting people personally involved in data analysis, and grappling with complex scientific ideas and medical realities, personal genomics services offer us a glimpse into the elite world of modern science," she writes.

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.