The revelation that hair analysis testimony from US Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic examiners was flawed shouldn't come as a surprise, writes the Broad Institute's Eric Lander in an op-ed appearing in the New York Times.

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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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