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Whole-Genome Data Not Anonymous, Challenging Assumptions

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Science  05 Sep 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5894, pp. 1278
DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5894.1278

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The discovery that a type of genetic data that is widely shared and often posted online can be traced back to individuals has prompted the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Wellcome Trust to strip some genetic data from their publicly accessible Web sites and NIH to recommend that other institutions do the same.