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Genetic Future is moving

After a semi-hiatus due to various distractions, I’m about to restart blogging in earnest again over at the new home of Genetic Future on Wired Science.  Please update your RSS feed: my new one is here. And a reminder: you can always keep track of new posts here as well as other nuggets of genomics…

Software company 5AM Solutions has just launched a neat little FireFox plug-in for customers of consumer genomics company 23andMe.  The idea is very simple: Download your raw data from 23andMe (or use one of the files from me or my colleagues at Genomes Unzipped); Install the plug-in from here and point it to your 23andMe data; Browse…

Update 14:35 EDT 04/08/10: I just received a phone call from a 23andMe representative indicating that these rumours are not true; more details to follow once I have a written statement. Update 17:26 EDT 04/08/10: Here is the written statement from 23andMe’s PR firm: We will continue to work with Illumina as our discussion with the…

The whole idea of actually paying to read mainstream news online is rather alien to me, having grown up immersed in a world of free content readily available via Google News. Indeed, I can’t help but see free news as some kind of inviolable human right. Thus when the Times recently set up a paywall…

I’ve just been forwarded an email that was originally sent to the National Society of Genetic Counsellors email list on behalf of a reporter with the Washington Post: Dear NSGC Members, Washington Post reporter Rob Stein has interviewed NSGC President Liz Kearney on the subject of regulation of genetic testing. Rob would also like to…

It looks as though the FDA is swooping down on the direct-to-consumer genetic testing industry in a serious way, sending formal letters to five companies informing them that their tests will be regulated as medical devices: WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is issuing regulatory letters to five genetic test makers, the first sign…

Personal genomics links

Some worthwhile recent links from the world of personal genomics: A great piece in Newsweek by Mary Carmichael summarising the recent regulatory furore over direct-to-consumer genetic testing, and the potential implications for the industry. Emily Singer has two articles at MIT Technology Review summarising important messages from the Consumer Genetics Conference last week. Firstly, early…

Yesterday’s inaugural Genomes, Environments, Traits (GET) meeting was by all accounts a massive success, pulling together the largest number of individuals with fully sequenced genomes ever assembled in the same room for a long day of discussion about the future of personal genomics. While I was unfortunately unable to attend myself, there was phenomenal coverage…

My previous post on the Myriad gene patent decision has resulted in one of the most useful and enjoyable comment threads in the history of this blog.  The debate revolves around a single, central question: while it’s clear that the loss of gene-based patent protection (should the current decision be upheld by the Supreme Court)…

If you haven’t already browsed through Nature’s most recent edition, do so immediately - it’s packed with juicy genomic goodness. I particularly enjoyed the brief commentaries from Francis Collins and Craig Venter, both providing retrospectives on the last decade of human genomics and predictions for the future of the field, and the neat infographic illustrating the…