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Nature Focuses on Personal Genomics

Nature has a brand new web focus on personal genomics (as of November 5th, 2008).  And best of all, most of the articles are entirely free to access, download, and read!  From the site:

“As the number of human beings with their genomes fully sequenced ticks higher and direct-to-consumer gene profiling companies push the limits of what medical genetics can do, the once fantastical notion that any given human can walk into a doctor’s office with his or her genome on a hard drive looks more and more like a reality. Still the question remains to be answered: how do we use this wealth information? In this Nature web focus we proudly present the challenges this approaching reality poses for technology, the legal and ethical confines of research, and the ability of genomics to translate into clinical utility.”

Here are just a few of the interesting news & opinion articles:

And unlike other bloggers who will undoubtedly mention these articles, I recommend that you read or peruse all the articles, not just the ones I happen to agree with!

In addition to the articles, Nature has a podcast (mp3) of special features on personal human genomes.  And lastly, follow along as Nature blogs from the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in Philadelphia from November 11-15.  It looks like this is going to be quite a meeting.

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Blaine Bettinger

Intellectual property attorney, genealogist, and author of The Genetic Genealogist since 2007