Opening Government

President Barack Obama yesterday signed an executive order to make it the default policy of his administration to make government information open and available in a machine readable format.

With the order, the president took "historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth," the White House said yesterday.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.