Why Not Sequence?

In an opinion piece published in Nature, George Church wonders why so few people are willing to have their genomes sequenced in spite of the technology's plummeting costs and improved accuracy.

Church writes that while "we should avoid being judgmental of people who practice genomic modesty or who choose not to act on genome information … we should also ask if we are providing adequate and equal access to education about the benefits and risks of genome information."

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

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