The US National Institutes of Health is scuttling its National Children's Study, an observational project that aimed to follow some 100,000 children from birth to age 21. The NCS was commissioned by Congress in 2000, Nature notes, but has never moved beyond the pilot phase.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

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