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Misha Angrist alerts readers about an upcoming conference at NIH focused on improving accuracy and standards for family histories. The meeting's open to anyone and will be held August 24-26 at NIH, and will also be webcast. "I applaud the organizers for (presumably) holding family history to the same evidence-based criteria they so often demand of direct-to-consumer genetic testing," Angrist writes.

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