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The Year of Personal Genomics

A feature story in Discover magazine rounds up the progress that personal genomics companies have made in 2007, as well as what consumers should expect from them. Though some tests can make relatively concrete predictions (like Agendia's FDA-approved MammaPrint), SNP screening can only offer the probability of developing a certain disease. While companies like Decode and Navigenics can offer consumers a "more complete health profile," says the article, the current test "cannot predict for sure whether a person will develop a given disease." That's not news to GTO readers, of course, but it's a good story to pass on to your civilian friends.

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.