Announcing Genomes Unzipped, a new group blog on personal genomics

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I'm pleased to announce the beta launch of a new group blog on personal genomics, Genomes Unzipped
I've been working with a group of scientific colleagues and fellow bloggers on this project for quite a while now. Some of the group members will be familiar to regular readers: Dan Vorhaus from Genomics Law Report, Luke Jostins from Genetic Inference, and Caroline Wright from the PHG Foundation. Others are new to blogging, but have backgrounds in genomic analysis, statistical genetics and other fields that allow them to bring valuable insight into the scientific, ethical and social issues surrounding the personal genomics industry. We'll be adding more names to that list over the next few weeks.
What can you expect from Genomes Unzipped (or GNZ, as we've taken to calling it)? Well, you'll see the same sort of analysis of news from the fields of personal genomics and genetic technologies as you currently get from Genetic Future, but from a much more diverse range of viewpoints and backgrounds. You'll also see much more detailed analysis of the scientific basis of tests from various personal genomics companies, as well as dissections of important new papers from the genomics field
But most importantly, the overall goal of GNZ is to give readers the background knowledge and tools they need to explore their own genetic data in a safe and informed manner.
We're also planning much bigger things for the site over the next few months. I can't give much away about that now, so you'll just have to follow us via RSS or Twitter to find out more.

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