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Companies are moving in to offer gene-based nutrition advice, the Wall Street Journal reports.

By examining certain genes, these companies — which include Nutrigenomix, 23andMe, Interleukin Genetics, and Vitagene — tell customers whether they are good metabolizers of, for instance, iron or calcium and offer tweaks customers can make to their diet to make it more efficient and healthful.

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The Washington Post reports that a US Senate committee voted this week to approve the nomination of Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

Nature News reports that gene therapy approaches are tackling sickle cell disease, but that the cost of treatment is a concern.

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