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Personal Genomics in the News

There are 4 articles focusing on personalized medicine I would like to share with you today.

Personal Genotyping Course Progress Report

At the Stanford School of Medicine’s Scope blog, Lia Steakley recounts student participation in the school’s summer elective course that offered the physicians-in-training the option to study their own genotype data. “Overall, 33 students in the class of 60 … opted for personal genotyping. Ten others analyzed their genetic background using commercial services before the class,” Steakley reports, adding that a Stanford task force will deliberate to determine whether to offer the course again. Our sister publication Genome Technology spoke with Stuart Kim, one of the course organizers, and professors at other medical schools who’ve incorporated genotyping components into classes they offer for its September issue.

Focus on biomedical art

Personalized investigation

Despite continued doubts about the clinical utility of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, tens of thousands of people have sent away tubes full of their saliva to learn more about their genetic profiles. Armed with such DNA data, a number of early adopters are showing how empowering—and beneficial to science—personal genetic information can be. Elie Dolgin reports on one company’s plans to make medical genetics more participatory.

Next Generation Sequencing viewers reviewed

I gathered up some of the recent free next generation sequence viewers that were capabale of viewing BAM files – and put each through the motions with a few BAM files and reference sequences of various sizes. While there are some great ideas and several choices to be found along the feature spectrum, I think we are still in the dark ages with this stuff. No viewer has really been able to entirely combine usability with performance and analysis capabilities, let alone extensibility and web connectivity.

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