Spreading the Word

Human genome science is beginning to have an affect on healthcare, and it is seeping into consumer markets, expanding healthcare and the way people think about their health, ancestry, and themselves. It's also all over the media, with stories about 'fat genes' and 'smart genes' that are half-news and half-hype bubbling up into the News-iverse daily.

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In an against-all-odds twist, a researcher studying exceeding rare FOXG1 mutations discovers her daughter has the syndrome.

An effort by Genomics Medicine Ireland is creating a database of diseases based on the genomics of people in Ireland. It now is looking into the possibility of including Scotland in its work.

In recent weeks, the direct-to-consumer genetics firm has rolled out a health hub where customers can share information concerning 18 common health conditions.

In PLOS this week, new genes associated with prostate cancer risk, genetic patterns in M. bovis, and more.