Boon and Bane

Personalized medicine may soon offer patients better treatment choices, but it also heralds a day when genomic information is stored in patients' medical records. While having such vast amounts of data linked to medical data would a boon to researchers, it also opens up privacy issues for patients, write Jennifer Kulynych, senior counsel at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Hank Greely, the director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University at Slate.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

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China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

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