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Navajo Nation reconsiders ban on genetic research

Nature News and Comment has a thoughtful piece about the Navajo Nation’s difficult history with genetic testing, and the current debate happening about whether or not to allow genetic testing of tribe members as a new cancer center opens in Arizona. Tribal members, leaders and researchers are working to draft a policy that recognizes and […]

Current Genetics Update: Shedding light on DNA’s “dark matterR...

Florie Charles has created another wonderful video at Youreka Science, this time helping us understand: What is going on with the parts of our DNA sometimes referred to as “dark matter”?  Florie uses her clear, concise teaching style to talk about DNA and skin cancer. Her video is a particularly great tool for those of […]

Canada’s Globe and Mail coverage of personal genetics: “Our Time ...

The Globe and Mail has assembled a wonderful set of articles, polls, and videos about personal genetics, in large part to bring awareness to the launch of the Personal Genome Project – Canada. The series is called “Our Time to Lead.”  The polls that look at Canadian’s attitudes about genetic testing are worth a look, […]

Insurance coverage, medical costs and genetic testing

One of the most common questions we are asked is about how personal genetic testing might impact medical costs, and how health insurers will deal with making decisions around covering certain sorts of genetic tests. In Business Week, John Lauerman tackles these subjects, looking specifically at genes related to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), cancer risk, and […]

Cancer genetics in the New York Times

Gina Kolata has a three-part series in the New York Times, examining the personal story and scientific odyessey of Dr. Lukas Wartman, a researcher and leukemia patient.  This is an in-depth, lengthy series that highlights the potential and roadblocks in using genetic tools to diagnose and develop targeted, individual approaches to cancer. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/health/in-gene-sequencing-treatment-for-leukemia-glimpses-of-the-future.html

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