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TS Picks: September 18, 2014

Rob Knight on Reddit; 23andMe and privacy; noncoding RNAs code?

Tracy Vence

FLICKR, GLYN LOWE

Selected stories from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • Just over a week after a Vox story revealed how 23andMe unexpected DNA ancestry testing results can negatively affect even those who didn’t set out to learn about their families, the California-based firm has reversed its decision to automatically inform customers about potential relatives. “The article in Vox made me and others look into the language in the consent form and that is when I learned about the proposed changes coming to the DNA Relatives community,” CEO Anne Wojcicki said in a statement. Wojcicki added that her firm now plans to recruit a Chief Privacy Officer.
     
  • The University of Colorado, Boulder’s Rob Knight hosted an AMA (“ask me anything”) all about microbiome research on Reddit yesterday (September 17).
     
  • Noncoding RNAs code after all? J. Ruiz-Orera et al., “Long non-coding RNAs as a source of new...

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