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DNA isolated from a small sample of saliva or blood can yield information, fairly inexpensively, about a person's relative risk of developing dozens of diseases or medical conditions. GIPhotoStock/Cultura RF/Getty Images hide caption

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Volunteer Greg Ruegsegger is outfitted with monitors, a catheter threaded into a vein and a mask to capture his breath in an experiment run by Joyner to measure human performance. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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Will Gathering Vast Troves of Information Really Lead To Better Health?

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Would You Want To Know The Secrets Hidden In Your Baby's Genes?

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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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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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