One of the concerns about using genetic data along with medical records information to personalize medicine is how to keep that personal information safe, but still easily accessible for analysis. Cryptographers at a workshop hosted by the University of California, San Diego, tested a homomorphic encryption method that seems promising, reports Nature News' Erika Check Hayden.

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