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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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.