Not Just an X-ray

At the Decision Tree, Thomas Goetz blogs that he is "fearful" that with all the interest by Congress in personal genetic testing that "the FDA will feel obligated to regulate and shut us off from what is rightfully ours." Goetz adds that "this isn't a drug, and this isn't a device — it's information about ourselves" and that it provides consumers with the ability "to take control of their health."

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.