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Distributed today to all users of the 23andMe home genetic testing service, after the FDA ordered the firm to halt sales of new kits:
Dear 23andMe Customers,
I wanted to reach out to you about the FDA letter that was sent to 23andMe last Friday.
It is absolutely critical that our consumers get high quality genetic data that they can trust. We have worked extensively with our lab partner to make sure that the results we return are accurate. We stand behind the data that we return to customers - but we recognize that the FDA needs to be convinced of the quality of our data as well.
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A photograph of Sumatran Tiger Cubs at the National Zoo, shared by John Sonderman in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.
Boing Boing Flickr Pool contributor Latente shares this fantastic image of wood letterpress type, available in ultra-hi-rez for Apple Retina displays.
An illustration by Jaco Haasbroek, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.
"Gopi," a photo by Boing Boing reader Howard Goldberg, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool. More about the origin of the word here.
US regulators have ordered 23andMe Inc., the DNA analysis company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki and backed by Google, to halt sales of its "spit kits" and home DNA testing kits because they're being sold without “marketing clearance or approval.” [Bloomberg]
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Rafi Kam, Dallas Penn, and Casimir Nozkowski, the Internets Celebrities
, take the "A Train" in search of excellent New York street food. They end up eating goat ice cream.
My $.02: John's Pizza (not Joe's) in that area is always the correct answer! And Ellary's Greens, next to the goat ice cream place they tried, is also good for green juice and healthy plates. [Video Link]
Robert Steven Connett shares this painting, "SEAPODS," in the Boing Boing Flickr pool, and says, "It will be exhibited and available for sale, at the "Espionage Miami 2013" group art exhibition in Miami Beach Florida, during the Art Basil USA exhibitions, (December 6, 2013 – January 31, 2014), Harold Golen Gallery, 2294 N.W 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127, Wynwood Arts District."
Check out more of his fantastic psychedelic, inspired-by-nature art in his Flickr feed or his website, grotesque.com.
NOLA Bounce trans glam superstar Katey Red joins Gypsyphonic Disko for a Hanukkah classic. Gypsyphonic Disko is Ben Ellman and Quickie Mart. Download the song here.
Tara McGinley of Dangerous Minds blog shares this image and explains,
My friend Brian Braun photographed this amazing street kitteh who lives in a parking lot, next to a dumpster in Sarasota, FL. Apparently he's been there *for years*. The cat's a badass. You can see the will to survive in its eyes.
A new report in the New York Times
by James Risen and Laura Poitras details how National Security Agency officials seeking dominance in intelligence collection, "pledged last year to push to expand surveillance powers," according to a top-secret strategy document leaked by Edward Snowden.
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Check out some of the great videos we've blogged lately, which you can watch in our video archives:
• Blade Runner retold in 12,000 watercolors
How astronaut Chris Hadfield inspires people to get excited about space
A Twitter breakup, re-enacted as a web video drama
Penguins chasing a butterfly
A history of the bass in popular music
Tropes vs Women in Video Games: Ms. Male Character
Face-O-Mat: faux machine paints portraits
Boing Boing: Video archives
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Don't miss this important long-form work by Quinn Norton at Medium, on "Jeremy Hammond, Sabu, and the Intelligence-Industrial Complex," which explores the links between Antisec and US intelligence agencies.
That the FBI supported the hack of Stratfor is without question. They called the company, as they had before, and told them to do nothing, as it would interfere with an investigation. They provided servers for the exfiltration of the data, as they had apparently provided servers in the past — one member told me after the revealing of Sabu that he’d regularly broken hashed passwords for the group. No one had ever known where Sabu got that computing power, but they also hadn’t asked. It was nice to be able to turn over encryption to him and have it cracked and given back.
"How Antisec Died