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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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Newsweek discusses the privacy issues raised by digital medicine.

A group of statisticians wants to eliminate researchers' reliance on 'statistical significance,' according to NPR.

In Nature this week: genetic analysis of Anatolian farmers, cotton genome analysis, and more.

Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.