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While the debate over the utility of whole-genome sequencing in the clinic continues, it is already being used by companies for an entirely different purpose, says Nature News' Ewen Callaway — ancestry testing. Though this is not necessarily new, it is becoming more popular, with high-profile people like former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. revealing their roots after undergoing testing.

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