Even though there are some 20,000 genes in the human genome, the same ones capture the attention of researchers over and over again, the Atlantic reports. It notes that it's not necessarily because those genes are important or interesting — though some are — but because those are the genes that could be studied with older investigation techniques.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.