January 17, 2013 Researchers were able to identify 50 people whose DNA had been posted anonymously on the Internet for genetics studies. The results highlight a trade-off in making genetic data widely available for researchers and protecting personal privacy.
October 11, 2012 A sample of saliva taken from a coffee cup can reveal someone's genes, for better and for worse. Now bioethicists are recommending privacy protections as the age of cheap, fast genome sequences unfolds.
October 5, 2012 The overwhelming majority of respondents to our online query said they would get their genome sequenced if they could afford it. Most also said they'd want to know everything it revealed.
October 5, 2012 Scientists have been using whole genome sequencing for over a decade, but it has yet to become a routine tool in the clinic. Two separate research groups showed progress in making diagnoses using in-depth genome analysis.
September 25, 2012 Doctors used genome sequencing to put a name to the mysterious cluster of symptoms that afflicted Christian Terry, 5. He's one of many patients now getting the test, which can cost as little as $1,000, to resolve undiagnosed illnesses. Doctors are also using it to sequence cancer and target treatment at the precise genetic mutations in a tumor.