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The Morning Briefing: Genetic research

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about genetic research.

1.) Donated genetic data 'privacy risk'. Researchers have identified people in the U.S. who anonymously donated their DNA for use in medical research -- raising concerns about privacy.

2.) Poorly conducted research is a gift to the opponents of tobacco control. A recent research paper has suggested that the reason tobacco control policies do not work for everyone could be down to genetics.

3.) Teenage stress can alter genes and lead to severe mental illness in adulthood. Teenage stress is serious, according to a new study that found a link between adolescent stress and genetic changes that can lead to severe adult mental illness.

4.) Will Big Data DNA analysis herald new era in medicine? Often, you are barely aware of it, but hop on a train, spend some time in the shops, watch a movie or a match or visit your GP, and the chances are you will have contributed to half a dozen collections of mass data.

5.) S'pore scientists identify genes for central corneal thickness. Singapore scientists have identified genes for central corneal thickness (CCT) that may cause potentially blinding eye conditions.

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— By on January 17, 2013, 6:36 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure