Genome mapping services

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Human beings have long wished for a way to know what their genes hold in store for them. It’s a wish that’s starting to be fulfilled with the emergence of personal genome services. Three contenders in this area have all made announcements within the last few weeks: deCODEme, 23andMe and Navigenics. For an introductory price of USD 985, Iceland-based deCODEme scans more than a million variants in an individual's genome and calculates the risks of developing 17 different diseases, including asthma, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. The analysis uses a simple cheek swab, and the results also allow consumers to learn…

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