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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy has recognized DNA Direct CEO and Co-founder Ryan Phelan with its Award for Patient Service.

"Phelan's work has dramatically improved patient access to genetic information," Howard McLeod, director of IPIT, said in a statement.

Before launching DNA Direct in 2005, Phelan founded Direct Medical Knowledge in 1995. The web-based resource for personalized medical information was acquired by WebMD in 1999. Even earlier in her career, Phelan was the founding director of Planetree, a nonprofit consumer health-care organization.

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With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

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