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Personal Genomics

Researchers have begun to sequence the genomes of individuals for the first time thanks to advances in DNA sequencing. The fact that people have their own personal genome will soon change what we know about ourselves and the practice of medicine.
    A proposed project to sequence the microorganisms that inhabit our bodies could have a huge impact on human health.
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    Genomes for the Masses

    The proliferation and plummeting cost of DNA sequencing heralds the year of the personal genome.
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    Sequencing in a Flash

    A new generation of DNA-sequencing machines is opening up whole new areas of genomic research. Already, researchers are unraveling how modern humans differ from Neanderthals and devising more precise tests for cancer.
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    The Genetics of Depression

    Ongoing, large-scale genetic studies of mood disorders could help researchers understand and treat these devastating diseases.
    A growing number of genetic tests can be performed during in vitro fertilization, before pregnancy even begins. Is that a good thing?
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    Eating According to Your Genome

    The emerging field of nutrigenomics is starting to yield some DNA-based diet tips, says nutrition scientist Jose Ordovas.
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    The Glimmering Promise of Gene Therapy

    Its history is marred by failures, false hopes, and even death, but for a number of the most horrendous human diseases, gene therapy still holds the promise of a cure. Now, for the first time, there is reason to believe that it is actually working.
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    Still Waiting for Personalized Medicine

    Pharmacogenomics promises to let doctors choose drugs and dosages based on tests of your genetic profile. But just try taking a test.
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    Genome Study Targets African Americans

    Howard University researchers are looking for genetic clues about the high incidence of some diseases among black Americans.
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    Speed-Reading the Genome

    New techniques that can draw DNA through nanopores might lead to faster and cheaper sequencing.
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    The X Prize’s New Frontier: Genomics

    The $10-million prize could spur the advent of cheaper, faster DNA sequencing and personalized medicine.
    Michael Egholm of 454 Life Sciences talks about his company’s ambitious project to sequence the Neandertal genome.
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    Rewriting the Genome

    Sequencing and synthesizing DNA keeps getting faster and cheaper. George Church explains the impacts of these advances.
    What would happen if genetic and medical records were freely available to anyone who wanted them?