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Ireland needs a public national genome program, the Irish Times writes.

A current brain sample project is emblematic of the vacuum left by not having such a program, the Times' Karlin Lillington writes. There is a deadline this week, she notes, for people who have donated brain tissue, or their relatives if the donor has died, to decide whether their DNA may be used in additional research.

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