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Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn has launched a company called Telome Health, and has created a commercial genetic test to measure telomere shortening, to give people insight on their aging process, reports Boonsri Dickinson at New Scientist. Blackburn says telomere length can give a patient a "sense of your underlying health," as researchers see telomere shortening in conditions like heart disease and cancer.

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

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