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We Bet There's a Gene for 'Genomania'

In another guest column at Olivia Judson's blog, Stephen Quake says that the current efforts to sequence the human genome – "having the consensus genome sequenced was not a stopping point" – and others will not only drive scientific discovery, but also personal discovery. The difficult part, he says, will be making sense of the data and not being caught up in "genomania," which he defines as "a fixation with simplistic pseudo-science purporting to link genetic variation with various human behaviors and traits."