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Startup Optra Health has added Alexa and Cortana compatibility to its AI platform to help consumers understand Ancestry.com- and 23andMe-type genetic tests.

The aim of the clinic is to educate and answer patients' questions about their health risks and consumer genetic testing they've ordered online.  

The Boston-based startup wants to help individuals interpret their HLA data for ancestry and health, and participate in research studies. 

At the Precision Medicine World Conference, Invitae executives noted that early experience in the genetic screening pilot found more people received positive results than previously expected.

The Chinese government has implemented clearer regulatory guidance for genomic tests and invested in both clinical testing and research, spurring growth.

Growing interest in precision medicine is spurring genetic testing services claiming to personalize diets, but Janssens' research indicates the evidence is still lacking.

Following a successful pilot with 23andMe, the Healthy Nevada Project partners with Helix to increase the depth of genomics data while giving participants access to DNA results.

The Healthy Nevada Project will enroll an additional 40,000 participants to be exome sequenced through Helix and receive a free app from its online genomics marketplace.

The firm plans to offer genome, gut microbiome, and epigenome analyses and will collaborate with nutritional supplement developer and majority shareholder Thorne.

The newly launched LunaDNA hopes that its community model of compensating individuals for contributing genomic and health information will lead to better research.

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Nature News examines how science in the UK may fare as Boris Johnson, the next prime minister, pursues Brexit.

CNN reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the US has expanded its DNA testing to seven sites along the southern border.

In PNAS this week: role for exosomes in neuronal circuit development, tuberculosis pathogen enzymes, and more.

Undoing Obamacare protections could affect people's willingness to undergo genetic testing, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher and the University of Iowa College of Law's Anya Prince write at BuzzFeed News.