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How far are we from personal genome scans that yield long lists of risks, some meaningful, some not? Who will develop the criteria for what is meaningful, for what a patient should know?

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Just when you thought you had gotten a handle on genomics, here’s an emerging branch of bioscience that should be on your radar screen: epigenetics.

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Dr. Feero is currently a special advisor to the Director for Genomic Medicine for the Genomic Healthcare Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). His interests include the development of electronic, health-record-based tools for genomics in clinical practice, and genomics education for the health professions. Dr. Feero graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a major in molecular biology and a minor in chemistry.

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Craig Warden, professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior and of pediatrics at UC Davis, identifies genes linked to obesity in mice and searches for their human counterparts using databases of the human genome and comparison to humans with common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). A number of genes linked to obesity have been found by researchers at UC Davis and elsewhere, including uncoupling protein 2 (UCP-2).

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