At the Tierney Lab, John Tierney wonders if the Singularity -- that point when computers have consciousness and people can upload their minds to avoid death -- is approaching. In a previous column in the New York Times by Tierney, futurist Ray Kurzweil wagered that a computer would pass the Turing Test by 2029.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.