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The firm uses at least five types of metagenomic assays to detect the relative abundance of microbial species in the oral and pulmonary microbiomes.

The four-year project, which ended in 2010, collected DNA samples and lifestyle information from half a million people from the UK.

Two bioethics policy advocacy groups have teamed to create a resource to educate the public in California about genetic privacy rights that citizens have under the law.

Although the three bills aren't exactly alike in scope, they reflect a growing sentiment at the state level that existing protections under the federal Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act don't go far enough when it comes to protecting individuals' genetic data from misuse.

Despite criticism, UC Berkeley shows no signs of halting its proposed plans to genetically test incoming freshman this fall. Although UC Berkeley is the first to attempt to roll out genetic testing within its student body, other campuses around the country are planning similar projects.

Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.