An estimate in Nature says that about 30,000 human genomes will be sequenced this year, "but what's missing, say a growing chorus of researchers, is a way to make sense of what these endless strings of As, Gs, Cs, and Ts mean to individuals and their health," writes David Ewing Duncan at MIT's Technology Review. However, he adds that people in the field are working to rectify that problem.

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