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4 amazing tech stories you missed this week

VentureBeat’s crack news team cranked out these four gems this week, which span topics from Node’s mind-melting new release and USC’s prolific video game students to 23andMe’s prospects and the future of surgery.

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Genome entrepreneurs say their data will help you live longer

The cost of sequencing the human genome continues to fall, reaching a low of $1,000 this year due to a new microchip and machine designed by genetics company Life Technologies Corp. And unleashed by those lower costs, a small cadre of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley is exploring ways to harness this data to enable us to live longer and healthier lives.