Minding the Gate

In an open letter to physicians, brought on by an email exchange with Steve Murphy, regarding direct-to-consumer genomics and personalized medicine, blogger William Gunn says that many laws regarding regulation of medical tests were written when people didn't want to see raw data and when tests weren't so accurate. Now, Gunn writes, "People neither want nor need a gatekeeper now.

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Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

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