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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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.