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The UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has published the long-awaited report (PDF) from its inquiry into genomic medicine. Mark Henderson at The Times has been busy today, putting out three excellent pieces on the report: a summary of the major implications, an opinion piece pushing the need for the health service to…

GenomeWeb reports that the advocacy group Genetic Alliance is lobbying the FDA for the construction of a public registry of genetic tests: [Genetic Alliance Director of Genetics and Health Policy Kristi] Zonno said FDA should create a public registry for genetic tests to “enable transparency and promote informed decision making for consumers and providers.” She…

Update: In the comments below, SNPedia co-founder Michael Cariaso notes that Duncan has already lost his crown to the anonymous European NA07022, recently sequenced by Complete Genomics, who weighs in with 5891 associations to Duncan’s 5321. Records don’t last long in the age of high-throughput genomics! Author David Ewing Duncan now officially has the most annotated genome of any human…

Harvard biostatistician Peter Kraft (co-author of an excellent recent article on genetic risk prediction in the New England Journal of Medicine) has just added an interesting comment on his experience of this week’s Consumer Genetics Show:

Amway sells genetic tests?

From Emily Singer’s article yesterday in Technology Review: A number of companies offering direct-to-consumer genetic testing have cropped up in the past two years to capitalize on these advances, from 23andMe and Navigenics, which offer genome-wide scans to identify specific disease-linked genetic variations, to Knome, which offers whole-genome sequencing to the wealthy. Any doubts that…

Not my highlights, sadly – I would have loved to attend the Consumer Genetics Show but was curiously unable to get anyone to pay for my plane tickets… Fortunately for me, others have done a sterling job of covering day one of the meeting. The freshest coverage by far is coming in 140-character bursts from…

A reader has pointed me to the latest issue of the American Journal of Bioethics, which is devoted to social networking and personal genomics. I’m still working my way through the many interesting articles, but for now I wanted to cover some useful points in the editorial (entitled “A Pragmatic Consideration of Ethical Issues Relating…

The auction of a whole-genome sequencing service that I scoffed at a few days ago is now live on eBay – serious bidders only, please, and bids start at $68,000. Here’s what you get for your suitcase of cash: Personal whole genome sequencing and comprehensive interpretation of your genome. Knome’s proprietary KnomeXplorer™ genome browser software…

Associated Press reports that Germany will likely soon pass regressive laws limiting the use of genetic testing: The German parliament approved legislation Friday limiting the use of genetic testing in an effort to prevent the technology’s abuse. The law, which was debated for more than seven years, must still go before the upper house of…

OK, so this GenomeWeb Daily News article is approximately four centuries old in internet time (i.e. around a week), but it’s worth going back and reading. I’ve previously argued at length that although personal genomics currently offers little in the way of useful, predictive health information, that lack of information in itself represents an important…