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Personal-genetics company patent raises hackles

The consumer genetics testing company 23andMe announced its first patent this week, and some of its customers aren’t happy. The Mountain View, California, -based company offers a US$299 service where a customer can mail in a saliva sample for genetic analysis. Individuals can then log on to the company’s website to learn how their genetic variants relate to ancestry and disease. The company uses data from consenting customers to find genetic variants associated with disease and other traits. 


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