By Julia Karow

As the cost of human whole-genome sequencing is plummeting, researchers are beginning to explore its usefulness in the clinic. Earlier this month at the Personal Genomes conference at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, several groups presented some of the first examples of how whole-genome sequencing is helping doctors select a therapy or make a diagnosis.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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