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US News & World Report has an article about how early adopters are using their DNA sequence data to find connections to other people who are related to them or who have similar aspects to their genomes. Think of it as genetics meets social networking, the article says, citing an example of 23andMe cofounder Anne Wojcicki comparing her night owl habits to those of her friends using sequence information about them from her company.

 

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