What About the Data?

Many genetic testing sites don't explain the privacy ramifications of taking the test, according to Helen Dixon, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner.

In a clinical or research context with professionals, Dixon said that genetic testing can be helpful as it can uncover markers for cancer, as the Irish Times reports. She was speaking at the Data Summit in Dublin.

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Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.