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Nature Genetics corrupted by 23andme

correspondence nature genetics

Sir,

the era of modern allergy genetics started in 1997 with the Transatlantic Airway Conference at Key Biscayne, Florida. 20 years later, the paper of Ferreira et al. (1) marks the end of an era by reporting the largest study so far of asthma, „hay fever“ and atopic eczema in 180,000 cases. It is the result of an huge international effort of many named and unnamed scientists. Unfortunately, there are major impairments regarding scope of analysis, epidemiological and bioinformatics methods, interpretation and data release. Some issues even contradict nature genetics editorial policies (2), (3), (4). Continue reading Nature Genetics corrupted by 23andme

How our personal data are being traded

Tom Brewster had an interesting idea: selling hsi own data. Why should anyone else make money with it?

When I decided to sell the secret details of my personal life, I had high hopes I’d get a willing buyer. It didn’t go well.
I had been curious to see if I could make money from my online information – something that data brokers across the world are doing every day; collecting it, combining it with others’ information and flogging it to marketing firms or anyone willing to pay. So I put myself on eBay.

The article is really interesting to read, yea, yea.

Veracity

It is a rather old topic here at Science Surf –searching for truth in science while here is a fresh new look.  How can we trust twitter messages and alike, is there any truth in big data?  What is just an internet meme?  Or a phenomenon — a meaning what is experienced as given? A pheme? A new EU project explains Continue reading Veracity