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There are clear benefits to getting your genome sequenced, according to Harvard and MIT researcher George Church. Writing in Medium, Church likens the adoption of personal genomics to widely embraced technologies such as smartphones.

Within just a few years, he says, our genomes may guide everything from diet to dating. The piece pointed to efforts underway by one of the companies Church cofounded: Nebula Genomics. Nebula announced yesterday that it has raised more than $4 million in venture capital seed financing, and plans to partner with another firm cofounded by Church, Veritas Genetics.

"We are entering the age of genomics, an amazing future that will dramatically improve the health outcomes of people across the planet," Church predicts. "Soon, we won't be able to imagine a time when we left home without knowledge of our genome to guide us."