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Into the Personal Genomics Fray

Counsyl, a Stanford University start-up, has announced its Universal Genetic Test that allows prospective parents to determine whether their child would be at risk for more than 100 genetic diseases. The company’s press release says that the test “is free with insurance for more than 100 million Americans” and “is now offered by physicians at more than 100 prestigious medical centers.” At Genetic Future, Daniel MacArthur, who has used a free kit from Counsyl, says he is intrigued by its approach, especially that it is covered by some insurance companies and that it will likely face question about the ethics of screening for carriers. “Counsyl's offering is intensely focused: the goal is simply to pick up as many known serious disease-associated mutations as possible,” he writes.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.