After her father discovered he had two mutations that gave him hemochromatosis, Katherine Aull, a former employee of Codon Devices, decided to look into own genes in her kitchen lab, reports the Boston Globe. From her work, it looks like she also has two copies of the mutant allele, though she plans to confirm her work and also seek a professional test. Keith Robison, who is also in the article, discusses it and the comments the story garnered on his blog. "To a lot of people, science means formal labs and formal training and labs mean dangerous chemicals that might explode," he writes.
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