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Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

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The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

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A juvenile California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides). Michael LaBarbera/Nature hide caption

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Octopus Genome Offers Insights Into One Of Ocean's Cleverest Oddballs

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Screening Tests For Breast Cancer Genes Just Got Cheaper

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Sequencing the genes of a cancer cell turns up lots of genetic mutations — but some of them are harmless. The goal is to figure out which mutations are the troublemakers. Kevin Curtis/Science Source hide caption

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Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

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Biologist Rob Knight, co-founder of the American Gut Project, recently moved the project to the University of California, San Diego's School of Medicine. Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado hide caption

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Recent research sequenced 48 bird species, including (from left) the budgerigar, the barn owl and the American flamingo. (Left and center)iStock; (Right) Chris Minerva/Ocean/Corbis hide caption

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Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

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The Proton Semiconductor Sequencer from Ion Torrent Systems Inc. is a new DNA sequencing machine designed to sequence the entire human genome in about eight hours for $1,000. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Low-Cost Genome Sequencing Open 'Pandora's Box'?

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Sara Terry and her son, Christian, in Spring, Texas. After sequencing Christian's genome, doctors were able to diagnose him with a Noonan-like syndrome. Eric Kayne for NPR hide caption

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Doctors Sift Through Patients' Genomes To Solve Medical Mysteries

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