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Newsweek quoted George Church saying that the $1,000 genome is more than a mere possibility for 2008, posts Hsein-Hsein Lei at her blog, Eye on DNA. “[In genetics], the $1,000 will get you 1 percent of your genome this year, but that 1 percent contains 90 percent of the information,” Church says. He also talks about reasons why having your DNA sequence makes sense: early disease diagnosis, preemptive mastectomy, avoiding adverse drug reactions.

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University of Virginia researchers are exploring a genetic risk test to gauge type 1 diabetes risk, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: researchers compare two high-grade neuroendocrine lung cancers, height among ancient Europeans, and more.

In PLOS this week: preconception carrier screening program results, comparative genomics-based analysis of Elizabethkingia meningoseptica, and more.

Canadian regulators are beginning to share information from new drug studies, Undark reports.