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4:10pm

Thu January 17, 2013
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It's Legal For Some Insurers To Discriminate Based On Genes

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 8:48 am

Slides containing DNA sit in a bay waiting to be analyzed by a genome sequencing machine.
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Getting the results of a genetic test can be a bit like opening Pandora's box. You might learn something useful or interesting, or you might learn that you're likely to develop an incurable disease later on in life.

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1:52pm

Thu January 17, 2013
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Anonymity In Genetic Research Can Be Fleeting

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 3:12 pm

Each strand of DNA is written in a simple language composed of four letters: A, T, C and G. Your code is unique and could be used to find you.
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People who volunteer for medical research usually expect to remain anonymous. That includes people who donate their DNA for use in genetic studies.

But now researchers have shown that in some cases, they can trace research subjects' DNA back to them with ease. And they say the risk of being identified from genetic information will only increase.

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1:14pm

Thu January 17, 2013
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Scientists Try To Thwart Flu Virus By Resetting Its Clock

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:33 pm

When flu viruses (in red) accumulate an escape protein too quickly, they exit the cell nucleus (in blue) before they've made enough viral copies to spread the infection.
Benjamin tenOever

Flu viruses can tell time. Sort of. And the viral clock-watching could provide a new way to fight the flu.

A study in Cell Reports describes how researchers tapped into the flu's internal clock as they search for ways to keep the virus from spreading.

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9:55am

Thu January 17, 2013
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After Years Of Silence, The Plague Can Rise Again

There's no doubt that the plague has staying power.

The deadly bacterium has probably been infecting people for 20,000 years. And, its genes have hardly changed since it killed nearly half of Europe's population during The Black Death.

Now microbiologists have evidence that strains of the plague may be able to reactivate themselves and trigger new outbreaks — even after lying dormant for decades.

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9:11am

Thu January 17, 2013
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Obama's Plans For Guns Put Focus On Mental Health Of The Young

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:32 am

President Obama signs a series of executive orders Wednesday about the administration's gun law proposals as Vice President Biden and children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence look on.
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If the National Rifle Association's plan to curb violence was, in part, arming school employees with guns, President Obama wants to arm them with something quite different: mental health training.

The president's plan centers largely on training teachers and others who work with children, teens and young adults to recognize mental illness as it's developing.

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